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October 21: AAR reports mixed results weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed results for weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 303,363 carloads for the week ending Oct. 15, 2011, which is flat compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 244,389 trailers and containers, up 3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eleven of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010, including: metallic ores, up 28.1 percent; metals and products, up 18 percent, and petroleum products, up 17.2 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included: grain, down 14.8 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 9.5 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 0.4 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 0.2 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

For the first 41 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,935,013 carloads, up 1.7 percent from the same point last year, and 9,367,614 trailers and containers, up 5.3 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 80,248 carloads for the week, up 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 48,076 trailers and containers, down 1.4 percent compared with 2010. For the first 41 weeks of 2011, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,081,317 carloads, up 2.9 percent from the same point last year, and 1,971,433 trailers and containers, up 1.5 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,155 carloads for the week, down 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 7,905 trailers and containers, down 3.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 41 weeks of 2011 was 586,925 carloads, up 4.4 percent compared with the same point last year, and 342,037 trailers and containers, up 23.6 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 41 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 15,603,255 carloads, up 2.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 11,681,084 trailers and containers, up 5.1 percent compared with last year.
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