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Houston — US coal train loadings rose 4.3% in the week ended December 22, reachingtheir highest level since the week ended August 18, according to SurfaceTransportation Board data.

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An average of 105 trains/d loaded during the week, which was also up 6.3%from the year-ago week.

In the Powder River Basin, an average of 58.3 trains/d loaded during theweek, down 2.5% from the prior week but up 1% from the year-ago week. Loadingspeaked this year at an average of 65.6 trains/d in the week ended August 18.

Illinois Basin loadings averaged 8.6 trains/d, up 7.4% from the priorweek and up 21.8% from the year-ago week. Loadings peaked this year at anaverage of 9.4 trains/d in the week ended August 25.

Central Appalachia loadings averaged 16.6 trains/d, up 1% from last weekand up 15.1% from last year. Loadings peaked this year at an average of 17.9trains/d in the week ended December 8.

Northern Appalachia loadings averaged 12.9 trains/d, up 16.6% from theprior week and up 3.6% from the year-ago week. Loadings peaked this year at anaverage of 13.9 trains/d in the week ended January 20.

The loadings reflect data submitted weekly to the STB by CSX, NorfolkSouthern, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific.

--Andrew Moore, andrew.moore@spglobal.com

--Edited by Annie Siebert, ann.siebert@spglobal.com