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UP's PRB coal train loadings lagged in February


Last month, Union Pacific Railroad loaded 925 coal trains in the Southern Powder River Basin (SPRB) compared with 943 trains in February 2010.

For the month, the Class I logged 147 missed SPRB loading opportunities, 61 of which were attributable to UP issues, 47 to slow unloading at utility plants and 39 to mines. UP missed 28 loading opportunities because of severe winter weather conditions that struck much of the Midwest Feb. 3, and another 17 opportunities because of a coal train derailment near Gasconade, Mo., in the Jefferson City Subdivision Feb. 5. However, missed loadings were partially offset by 64 extra loadings, UP officials said in a weekly coal loading performance report.

The Colorado/Utah Region's February coal train loadings totaled 203, down 15 percent compared with February 2010’s 239 loadings.

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