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AAR reports gains in weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported gains for weekly rail traffic for the week ending May 26, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 291,381 carloads, up 1.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 244,726 trailers and containers, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Sixteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 51.6 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 29.2 percent, grain mill products, up 10.4 percent, and iron and steel scrap, up 10.4 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included grain, down 10 percent, and coal, down 6.3 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 5.1 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 21 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,919,340 carloads, down 3.1 percent from the same point last year, and 4,839,797 trailers and containers, up 2.9 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 67,435 carloads for the week, down 10.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 41,043 trailers and containers, down 11.5 percent compared with 2011. For the first 21 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,613,654 carloads, up 4.1 percent from the same point last year, and 1,045,403 trailers and containers, up 7 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,349 carloads for the week, up 4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,994 trailers and containers, up 9.8 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 21 weeks of 2012 is 287,206 carloads, down 3.7 percent compared with the same point last year, and 189,178 trailers and containers, up 20.9 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 21 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 7,820,200 carloads, down 1.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 6,074,378 trailers and containers, up 4.1 percent compared with last year.

 
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