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BNSF loaded fewer coal trains in PRB last month


Severe weather and planned and unplanned mine outages in the Powder River Basin (PRB) played major roles in reducing BNSF Railway Co.’s coal train loadings in May. The railroad loaded an average of 49.5 trains daily in the basin compared with 50.1 trains in May 2006.

The Class I lost an average of 5.7 loading opportunities per day because of mine issues, BNSF estimates.

Despite a weak May, the railroad’s daily PRB loadings through five months remained ahead of last year’s pace. BNSF loaded an average of 48.9 trains, up 1 percent compared with the road’s daily average through 2006’s first five months.

Systemwide, BNSF loaded a total of 117.5 million tons of coal through May, a 2 percent increase compared with the same 2006 period.

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