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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 August 4, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,229 carloads, up 0.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 243,261 trailers and containers, up 3.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Thirteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 56.3 percent; lumber and wood products, up 29 percent, and grain, up 11.2 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included iron and steel scrap, down 19.7 percent; metallic ores, down 13.3 percent, and farm products excluding grain, down 13.2 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 9 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 6.8 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 31 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,716,780 carloads, down 2.5 percent from the same point last year, and 7,239,062 trailers and containers, up 3.6 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 77,630 carloads for the week, up 6.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 53,283 trailers and containers, up 12.7 percent compared with 2011. For the first 31 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,376,505 carloads, up 3.3 percent from the same point last year, and 1,573,880 trailers and containers, up 7.3 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,168 carloads for the week, up 9.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,796 trailers and containers, up 18.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 31 weeks of 2012 is 440,316 carloads, down 0.9 percent compared with the same point last year, and 292,651 trailers and containers, up 18 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 31 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 11,533,601 carloads, down 1.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 9,105,593 trailers and containers, up 4.6 percent compared with last year.

 
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