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AAR reports mixed weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending August 18, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 293,916 carloads, down 2.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 247,224 trailers and containers, up 3.6 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 45.6 percent; farm products excluding grain, up 37.4 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 16.4 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 29 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 25.6 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 5 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 0.1 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 33 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,299,868 carloads, down 2.4 percent from the same point last year, and 7,729,316 trailers and containers, up 3.6 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 76,823 carloads for the week, down 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 53,954 trailers and containers, up 4 percent compared with 2011. For the first 33 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,524,170 carloads, up 2.9 percent from the same point last year, and 1,680,786 trailers and containers, up 7.1 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,873 carloads for the week, up 10.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 12,838 trailers and containers, up 34.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 33 weeks of 2012 is 470,225 carloads, down 0.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 316,536 trailers and containers, up 18.3 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 33 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 12,294,263 carloads, down 1.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 9,726,638 trailers and containers, up 4.6 percent compared with last year. 
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