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AAR reports incremental gains in weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported incremental gains in weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 290,181 carloads for the week ending June 11, 2011, up 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year.  Intermodal volume for the week totaled 237,422 trailers and containers, up 6.4 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

For the first 23 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,674,412 carloads, up 2.9 percent from last year, and 5,146,688 trailers and containers, up 8.4 percent from the same point in 2010.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 23 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 8,702,982 carloads, up 2.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 6,388,520 trailers and containers, up 7.5 percent compared with last year.

Eleven of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010. Commodity groups posting solid increases included: metallic ores, up 33.8 percent; lumber and wood products, up 17.8 percent, and pulp, paper and allied products, up 12.2 percent. Groups posting a notable decrease included: primary forest products, down 14.3 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 13.7 percent.