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AAR reports gains in weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported gains in weekly rail traffic for the week ending June 23, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,730 carloads, up 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 246,128 trailers and containers, up 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Eleven of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 51.4 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 27.8 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 17.1 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ore, down 29.3 percent, and iron and steel scrap, down 14.2 percent.  Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was even compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 2.3 percent compared with the same week in 2011.  For the first 25 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,046,184 carloads, down 2.9 percent from the same point last year, and 5,796,233 trailers and containers, up 3.2 percent from last year.  Canadian railroads reported 75,486 carloads for the week, up 4.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 54,160 trailers and containers, up 11.1 percent compared with 2011. For the first 25 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,916,798 carloads, up 3.4 percent from the same point last year, and 1,254,229 trailers and containers, up 7.1 percent from last year.  Mexican railroads reported 15,606 carloads for the week, up 5.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,761 trailers and containers, up 17.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 25 weeks of 2012 is 348,906 carloads, down 2.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 229,965 trailers and containers, up 19.4 percent from last year.  Combined North American rail volume for the first 25 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 9,311,888 carloads, down 1.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 7,280,427 trailers and containers, up 4.3 percent compared with last year.
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