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Houston — Weekly US coal train loadings averaged 102 trains/day in the week ended August 30, up 4.2 trains/day from the previous week, Surface Transportation Board data showed Thursday.

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Compared with the year-ago week, loadings fell 3.4 trains/day, the smallest drop percentage-wise year over year in seven weeks.

The five-year average for week 35 was 111.2 trains/day.

Loadings from the Powder River Basin increased the most week over week, rising 6.4 trains/day to 59.9 trains/day in the most recent week.

From the year-ago week, average loadings in the basin were down 1.3 trains/day, the smallest fall in six weeks.

In addition, for the past eight weeks, PRB loadings have averaged above the 2019 average of 50.5 trains/day through 35 weeks.

Central Appalachian loadings averaged 18.6 trains/day, up 0.4 train/day from the previous week and up 1.9 trains/day from the year-ago week.

Loadings from the Northern Appalachian basin averaged 11.5 trains/day, up 0.1 train/day from the week before and down 0.9 train/day year over year.

Of the four major basins, only the Illinois Basin dropped from both the previous week and the year-ago week, down 0.2 train/day and down 2.1 trains/day, respectively, with 5.7 trains/day in the most recent week.

From other basins, loadings averaged 6.3 trains/day in the most recent week, down 0.4 train/day from the prior week and down 1 train/day year over year.

While PRB, IB and NAPP average loadings in week 35 were the lowest compared with the past five years, CAPP loadings were the highest in four years.

-- Olivia Kalb, olivia.kalb@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Derek Sands, newsdesk@spglobal.com