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Rails report mixed weekly results for last week in October

For the first 43 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,186,829 carloads, down 2.9 percent from the same point last year, and 10,220,272 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent from last year.

The Trucker News Services

11/8/2012

The Association of American Railroads reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the last week in October with U.S. railroads originating 287,104 carloads, down 7 percent compared with the same week last year.

Intermodal volume for the week totaled 253,186 trailers and containers, up 3.9 percent compared with the same week last year.

Nine of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with farm products excluding grain, up 72 percent; petroleum products, up 52.7 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 17.8 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included iron and steel scrap, down 32.8 percent; grain, down 19 percent, coal, down 15.2 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 5.7 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 7.8 percent compared with the same week in 2011.

For the first 43 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,186,829 carloads, down 2.9 percent from the same point last year, and 10,220,272 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 81,679 carloads for the week, up 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 54,847 trailers and containers, up 6.2 percent compared with 2011. For the first 43 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,321,340 carloads, up 2.3 percent from the same point last year, and 2,225,962 trailers and containers, up 7.1 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,771 carloads for the week, up 6.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,129 trailers and containers, up 56.3 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 43 weeks of 2012 is 618,616 carloads, up 0.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 430,092 trailers and containers, up 19.9 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 43 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 16,126,785 carloads, down 1.7 percent compared with the same point last year, and 12,876,326 trailers and containers, up 4.7 percent compared with last year. 

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