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AAR reports mixed rail traffic for August

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail carloads originated in August 2012 totaled 1,461,680, down 1.4 percent compared with August 2011. Intermodal traffic in August 2012 totaled 1,230,992 containers and trailers, up 51,145 units or 4.3 percent compared with August 2011. The August 2012 average weekly intermodal volume of 246,198 units is the second highest average for any August on record. Detailed monthly data charts and tables will be available in the AAR’s Rail Time Indicators report released online tomorrow. Commodity groups that saw carload gains in August 2012 compared with August 2011 included: petroleum and petroleum products, up 49 percent or 18,007 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, up 13 percent or 8,966 carloads; and crushed stone, sand, and gravel, up 7.3 percent or 6,905 carloads. Commodities with carload declines in August 2012 were led by coal, down 7.3 percent or 48,493 carloads; metallic ores, down 18.7 percent or 8,757 carloads;  and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 15 percent or 2,652 carloads. Carloads excluding coal were up 3.3 percent or 27,443 carloads in August 2012 compared with August 2011. Carloads excluding coal and grain were up 3.5 percent or 25,889 carloads in August 2012 compared with August 2011. As of September 1, 2012, 311,226 freight cars were in storage, a decrease of 3,745 cars from August 1, 2012, and equal to 20.3 percent of the North American fleet. “U.S rail traffic in August was pretty much same song, different verse,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.  “Weakness in coal carloadings was largely but not entirely offset by increases in carloads of petroleum and petroleum products, autos, lumber, and several other commodities, with intermodal showing continued strength.” AAR today also announced mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending September 1, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 292,732 carloads, down 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,113 trailers and containers, up 6.5 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 44.1 percent; farm products excluding grain, up 22 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 20.7 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 17.2 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 16.6 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 7.1 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 1.1 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 35 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,890,231 carloads, down 2.4 percent from the same point last year, and 8,226,793 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 79,510 carloads for the week, up .1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 54,839 trailers and containers, up 3.9 percent compared with 2011. For the first 35 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,683,533 carloads, up 2.8 percent from the same point last year, and 1,788,902 trailers and containers, up 6.9 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 14,722 carloads for the week, up 2.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,230 trailers and containers, up 12.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 35 weeks of 2012 is 499,977 carloads, down .5 percent compared with the same point last year, and 338,901 trailers and containers, up 18.5 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 35 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 13,073,741 carloads, down 1.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,354,596 trailers and containers, up 4.7 percent compared with last year.



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