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February marks UP's first monthly coal loading gains in nearly a year


In February, Union Pacific Railroad loaded 943 trains in the southern Powder River Basin (SPRB) compared with 914 trains in February 2009.

The Class I registered 84 missed SPRB train-loading opportunities, 48 of which were attributable to utility plants, 23 to mines and 13 to UP.  Missed loadings were partially offset with 78 extra loadings, according to the railroad.

“From the SPRB, we loaded 33.7 trains per day, which was the highest since January 2009,” UP officials said in their weekly coal loading performance report.

In the Colorado/Utah region, the Class I last month loaded 239 trains vs. 233 trains in February 2009. UP averaged 8.5 trains per day, the highest mark since March 2009.

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