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US coal train loadings grew 7.3% week on week to top 100 trains/d on average for the first time this year, the most recent railroad data showed.

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Data filed by the four major US railroads -- CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF and Norfolk Southern -- for the week ending January 26 shows US coal loadings averaged 101.6 trains/d, up from 94.7 trains/d the previous week.

Nationwide volumes have increased in four consecutive weeks to break the 100 trains/d barrier for the first time since the week ended December 22.

Central Appalachian loadings climbed to 16.7 trains/d from 14.8 trains/d the previous week, and NAPP counts were up to 12 trains/d from 10.3 trains/d. Illinois Basin loadings grew to 8.5 trains/d from 5.8 trains/d.

Powder River Basin loadings decreased slightly, falling to 56.7 trains/d from 56.9 trains/d.

In other production areas, Utica Basin loadings were up to 4.3 trains/d from 3 trains/d, while loadings from outside the primary basins slid to 3.3 trains/d from 3.9 trains/d.

--Jim Levesque, jim.levesque@spglobal.com
--Edited by Derek Sands, derek.sands@spglobal.com