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AAR reports mixed weekly rail traffic for end of November

Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,115 trailers and containers, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

The Trucker News Services

11/29/2012

WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending November 17, with U.S. railroads originating 288,717 carloads, down 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,115 trailers and containers, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eight of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 54.2 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 16.3 percent, and primary forest products, up 14.8 percent.

The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 15.8 percent; grain, down 13.4 percent, and nonmetallic minerals, down 12.4 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 4.1 percent compared with the same week in 2011.

For the first 46 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 13,037,190 carloads, down 3 percent from the same point last year, and 10,943,385 trailers and containers, up 3.4 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 78,572 carloads for the week, up 2.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 53,667 trailers and containers, up 9.2 percent compared with 2011.

For the first 46 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,554,141 carloads, up 2.2 percent from the same point last year, and 2,383,881 trailers and containers, up 7 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,477 carloads for the week, up 5.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,351 trailers and containers, up 18.9 percent.

Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 46 weeks of 2012 is 663,713 carloads, up 0.5 percent compared with the same point last year, and 462,250 trailers and containers, up 19.7 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 46 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 17,255,044 carloads, down 1.9 percent compared with the same point last year, and 13,789,516 trailers and containers, up 4.5 percent compared with last year.

Dorothy Cox of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at dlcox@thetrucker.com

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