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Rails see mixed weekly results

For the first 37 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,454,518 carloads, down 2.4 percent from the same point last year.

The Trucker News Services

9/27/2012

WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending September 15, with U.S. railroads originating 291,530 carloads, down 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year.

Intermodal volume for the week totaled 251,720 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 petroleum products, up 46.3 percent; crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 10.8, and food and kindred products, up 10.3 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included farm products excluding grain, down 22.7 percent; metallic ores, down 21.3 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 19.5 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 5.3 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 1.4 percent compared with the same week in 2011.

For the first 37 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,454,518 carloads, down 2.4 percent from the same point last year, and 8,693,030 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 81,564 carloads for the week, up 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 55,875 trailers and containers, up 7.4 percent compared with 2011. For the first 37 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,841,587 carloads, up 2.8 percent from the same point last year, and 1,894,464 trailers and containers, up 6.9 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,870 carloads for the week, up 8.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,468 trailers and containers, up 28 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 37 weeks of 2012 is 529,318 carloads, down 0.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 360,922 trailers and containers, up 18.4 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 37 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 13,825,423 carloads, down 1.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,948,416 trailers and containers, up 4.7 percent compared with last year.

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