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AAR reports mixed weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending April 7, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 270,974 carloads, down 7.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 231,153 trailers and containers, up 1.1 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 33.3 percent; primary forest products, up 11.8 percent, and stone, clay and glass products, up 11.2 percent. The groups showing a significant decrease in weekly traffic included iron, steel and scrap, down 18.1; grain, down 16.6, and coal, down 16.1 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 5.2 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 9.3 percent compared with the same week in 2011.

For the first fourteen weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,950,064 carloads, down 2.9 percent from last year, and 3,159,598 trailers and containers, up 2.4 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 75,089 carloads for the week, down 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 50,454 trailers and containers, up 1.6 percent compared with 2011. For the first fourteen weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,061,371 carloads, up 4.7 percent from the same point last year, and 683,388 trailers and containers, up 6.5 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 11,999 carloads for the week, down 16 percent compared with the same week last year, and 7,141 trailers and containers, up 1.3 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first fourteen weeks of 2012 is 188,344 carloads, down 6.5 percent compared with last year, and 121,958 trailers and containers, up 21.2 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first fourteen weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 5,199,779 carloads, down 1.6 percent compared with last year, and 3,964,944 trailers and containers, up 3.6 percent compared with last year.
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