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UP sets PRB coal train loading, tonnage records in '08


Last year, Union Pacific Railroad loaded 13,212 trains in the southern Powder River Basin (SPRB), besting its previous record set in 2006 by 332 trains.

The Class I also loaded a total of 204.6 million tons of coal in the SPRB, eclipsing another record, set in 2007, by 5 percent.

"Our investments in the joint line and throughout our coal network continue to pay dividends in terms of our coal train velocity and throughput,” said Doug Glass, UP vice president and general manager-energy, in a prepared statement.

In December, the railroad moved 1,118 trains — or a daily average of 36.06 trains — out of the SPRB. The average train-per-day record of 38.63 trains was set in November 2007.

Meanwhile, UP and BNSF Railway Co. loaded an average of 68.35 trains per day on the joint line in December. For the full year, the railroads loaded 24,829 trains on the line, up 4.4 percent compared with 2007’s total.

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