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AAR reports gains for weekly rail traffic
Weekly North America intermodal volume sets record

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported gains for weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 305,133 carloads for the week ending September 24, 2011, up 1.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 248,402 trailers and containers, up 3 percent compared with the same week last year. This weekly intermodal volume is the highest since Week 39 of 2007.

Thirteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010, including: metallic ores, up 21 percent; petroleum products, up 16.1 percent, and metals and products, up 16 percent. Groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included: grain, down 21.4 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 15.5 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 3.8 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

For the first 38 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,016,908 carloads, up 1.7 percent from the same point last year, and 8,630,362 trailers and containers, up 5.5 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 79,518 carloads for the week, up 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 52,681 trailers and containers, up 2.5 percent compared with 2010. For the first 38 weeks of 2011, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,838,924 carloads, up 2.7 percent from the same point last year, and 1,820,166 trailers and containers, up 1.7 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,928 carloads for the week, up 2.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,042 trailers and containers, up 24.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 38 weeks of 2011 was 543,460 carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same point last year, and 313,872 trailers and containers, up 24.7 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 38 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 14,399,292 carloads, up 2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,764,400 trailers and containers, up 5.3 percent compared with last year. The combined weekly intermodal volume of 311,125 trailers and containers, up 3.5 percent over last year, is a record.
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