Current Issue
Material Handling Wholesaler Cover
August 2017
Renting is about profit, not sales. Read more about rental opportunities from rental expert Fred Hageman

Industry News

View Material Handling Wholesaler's profile on LinkedIn



AAR reports mixed weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending June 9, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 285,413 carloads, down 1.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 246,422 trailers and containers, up 3.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Ten of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 50.4 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 29.6 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 10.7 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included iron and steel scrap, down 21.2 percent; coke, down 12.7 percent, and grain, down 11.1 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 2.5 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 1.2 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 23 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,469,960 carloads, down 3.1 percent from the same point last year, and 5,300,130 trailers and containers, up 3 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 81,597 carloads for the week, up 5.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 55,678 trailers and containers, up 12 percent compared with 2011. For the first 23 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,764,659 carloads, up 3.6 percent from the same point last year, and 1,145,714 trailers and containers, up 6.7 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,006 carloads for the week, up 2.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,920 trailers and containers, up 12.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 23 weeks of 2012 is 318,007 carloads, down 2.9 percent compared with the same point last year, and 209,229 trailers and containers, up 20.1 percent from last year.  Combined North American rail volume for the first 23 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 8,552,626 carloads, down 1.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 6,655,073 trailers and containers, up 4.1 percent compared with last year.
-End-  


ADVERTISEMENTS