The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently reported a mix in weekly rail traffic as a result of winter storms in parts of the country last week. For the week ending Feb. 5, 2011, rail carloads were flat with U.S. railroads originating 267,682 carloads, while intermodal volume was down 1.5 percent to 198,249 trailers and containers, compared with the same week in 2010. Intermodal container volume declined 2.5 percent while trailer volume increased 4.1 percent.
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 5.8 percent compared with last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 3.6 percent compared with the same week in 2010.
For the first five weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,409,975 carloads, up 6.4 percent from last year, and 1,061,348 trailers and containers, up 5.7 percent from the same point in 2010.
Combined North American rail volume for the first five weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 1,827,357 carloads, up 4.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 1,319,069 trailers and containers, up 5.2 percent compared with last year.