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AAR reports gains in weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported gains in weekly rail traffic for the week ending July 14, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 286,156 carloads, up 1.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 245,915 trailers and containers, up 6.8 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 motor vehicles and equipment, up 46.6 percent; petroleum products, up 39.2 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 13.3 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included iron and steel scrap, down 25 percent; metallic ores, down 14 percent, and farm products excluding grain, down 13.5 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 2.1 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 4.1 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 28 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,854,130 carloads, down 2.6 percent from the same point last year, and 6,499,007 trailers and containers, up 3.5 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 77,039 carloads for the week, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 54,350 trailers and containers, up 5.8 percent compared with 2011. For the first 28 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,145,397 carloads, up 3.4 percent from the same point last year, and 1,411,619 trailers and containers, up 7.1 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,281 carloads for the week, up 9.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,768 trailers and containers, up 15.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 28 weeks of 2012 is 393,695 carloads, down 1.4 percent compared with the same point last year, and 260,209 trailers and containers, up 18.3 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 28 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 10,393,222 carloads, down 1.4 percent compared with the same point last year, and 8,170,835 trailers and containers, up 4.5 percent compared with last year.
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