Weekly US coal train loadings down 0.5% on week, 4.3% on year: STB
US coal train loadings decreased slightly for the week ended June 15, despite a five-week high in loadings from Northern Appalachia, Surface Transportation Board data showed Thursday.
Data filed to the STB by the four major Class I railroads — CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF and Norfolk Southern — show US coal loadings averaged 97.9 trains/day, down from the 12-week high 98.4 trains/day in the prior week and also lower than the 102.3 trains/day averaged in the year-ago week.
Average Powder River Basin loadings were at 53.9 trains/day in the latest week, down from the 13-week high 55.7 trains/day in the prior week and also down from 58.7 trains/day a year ago.
Central Appalachia loadings fell to 16 trains/day, down from 16.2 trains in the previous week and 16.4 trains/day a year ago.
Loadings from Northern Appalachia climbed to a five-week high 13.1 trains/day, up from 11.4 trains in the previous week and 10.9 trains/day averaged a year ago. It was the only region to see a year-on-year increase.
Illinois Basin loadings fell to 7.7 trains/day, down from 8.2 trains/day a week earlier and 8.6 trains in the year-ago week.
Loadings outside of the primary basins climbed to 7.3 trains/day, up from 6.9 trains a week earlier, but lower than the 7.7 trains/day averaged a year ago.