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BNSF breaks system-wide coal loading record in September


Last month, BNSF Railway Co. loaded a daily average of 808,900 tons of coal system-wide, breaking the previous record of 805,800 tons set in July.

The railroad loaded a total of 24.3 million tons of coal in September — the third-straight month and the fourth month this year loadings exceeded 24 million tons.

Through Oct. 1, BNSF’s system-wide coal loadings totaled 213.4 million tons, up 10.5 percent compared with similar 2005 data. In the Powder River Basin (PRB), the Class I averaged 49.3 train loadings daily compared with 44.7 train loadings during 2005’s first nine months.

For the week ending Oct. 2, BNSF averaged 50 train loadings daily in the PRB compared with 47 trains during the same 2005 period.