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For the week ending February 27, the AAR reported a total of 74,552 coal carloads traveled US railways, a 2.6% decrease in volumes from the prior week and a 25.2% drop from the year-ago week.

Year to date, US coal carload volumes are down 30.4%, or about 263,000 carloads.

Weekly coal shipment volumes have averaged 75,204 carloads through the first eight weeks of this year compared to 108,131 carloads through the first eight weeks of 2015.

Overall US rail traffic for the week totaled 521,300 carloads, and coal made up 14.3% of all traffic.

Canadian railroads -- which include the US operations of Canadian National, which serves several mines in the Illinois Basin, and Canadian Pacific -- originated 6,308 coal carloads, down 10.2% from the prior week and 30.2% from the same week last year.

--Jim Levesque,
--Edited by Derek Sands,