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BNSF boosts PRB coal train loadings in February


BNSF Railway Co.’s Powder River Basin (PRB) coal traffic remains ahead of last year’s pace. In February, the Class I’s PRB train loadings averaged 49.9 per day, a 6 percent increase compared with February 2006’s loadings. Tonnage reached 20 million, up 6 percent year over year.

Year-to-date through March 4, BNSF loaded an average of 49.5 coal trains per day in the PRB — which includes Wyoming and Montana mines — a 5 percent increase compared with loadings during the same 2006 period.

For the week ending March 4, BNSF loaded an average of 50.6 PRB coal trains per day compared with 46.7 trains during the same 2006 week.

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