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UP sets annual coal tonnage record in Southern Powder River Basin


In 2006, Union Pacific Railroad hauled 194 million tons of coal from Wyoming’s Southern Powder River Basin (SPRB) — a new annual record and 8 percent increase compared with 2005 tonnage.

The Class I increased train size in the region, too. In the fourth quarter, trains moving coal out of the SPRB averaged more than 15,000 tons, a 200-ton weight increase compared with fourth-quarter 2005’s average.

Now, in conjunction with BNSF Railway Co., UP is completing track improvements along the joint line to move even more coal from the SPRB in 2007. The railroads are building a fourth mainline on Logan Hill and a third mainline north of Reno Junction, and adding 14 train landing spots at various mines.

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