Current Issue
Material Handling Wholesaler Cover
October 2017
Women leaders find success in the heart of commerce. Read more in October's cover story.

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 August 25, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 297,042 carloads, down 0.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 248,364 trailers and containers, up 5.2 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 55.7 percent; farm products excluding grain, up 26.5 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 20.8 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 17.5 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 14.5 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 0.9 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 34 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,597,499 carloads, down 2.4 percent from the same point last year, and 7,977,680 trailers and containers, up 3.6 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 79,853 carloads for the week, up 3.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 53,277 trailers and containers, up 3.2 percent compared with 2011. For the first 34 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,604,023 carloads, up 2.9 percent from the same point last year, and 1,734,063 trailers and containers, up 7 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,030 carloads for the week, down 0.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,135 trailers and containers, up 32.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 34 weeks of 2012 is 485,255 carloads, down 0.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 327,671 trailers and containers, up 18.8 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 34 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 12,686,777 carloads, down 1.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,039,414 trailers and containers, up 4.6 percent compared with last year.  
-End-  


ADVERTISEMENTS