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Rail reports weekly mixed traffic; loads down 6.4% from 2011

For the first 15 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,226,853 carloads, down 3.1 percent from the same point last year, and 3,393,755 trailers and containers, up 2.4 percent from last year.

The Trucker News Services

4/24/2012

WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ended April 14, with U.S. railroads originating 276,789 carloads, down 6.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Intermodal volume for the week totaled 234,157 trailers and containers, up 1.6 percent compared with the same week last year.

Twelve of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 39 percent; metallic ores, up 16.7 percent, and motor vehicles and equipment, up 15.3 percent. The groups showing a significant decrease in weekly traffic included farm products excluding grain, down 28.1 percent; coal, down 18.2 percent, and grain, down 16.3 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 2 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 9.4 percent compared with the same week in 2011.

For the first 15 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,226,853 carloads, down 3.1 percent from the same point last year, and 3,393,755 trailers and containers, up 2.4 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 80,951 carloads for the week, up 5.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 52,838 trailers and containers, up 13.8 percent compared with 2011. For the first fifteen weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,142,322 carloads, up 4.8 percent from the same point last year, and 736,226 trailers and containers, up 7 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 12,395 carloads for the week, down 14.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,396 trailers and containers, up 25.2 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 15 weeks of 2012 is 200,739 carloads, down 7.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 131,354 trailers and containers, up 21.5 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 15 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 5,569,914 carloads, down 1.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 4,261,335 trailers and containers, up 3.6 percent compared with last year.