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Union Pacific: Coal loadings dropped in October; trackwork projects up and running in Colorado, Illinois

In October, Union Pacific Railroad loaded 843 coal trains in the Southern Powder River Basin compared with 1,047 trains in October 2011.

In addition, the Class I announced it loaded 246 coal trains in the Colorado/Utah Region versus 267 trains in the year-ago period.

Earlier this month, UP also announced plans to spend $5.4 million to upgrade a line between North Lake and Northbrook, Ill. To be completed by year's end, the project includes replacing 32,600 ties, spreading 15,000 tons of ballast and renewing surfaces at 18 grade crossings.

In addition, UP today announced plans to spend $7.5 million to upgrade a line between the Colorado/Kansas border and Deer Trail, Colo. Also to be finished by year's end, the project calls for replacing rail in various locations on a mainline, renewing surfaces at 22 crossings and replacing five switches.

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