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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 September 22, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 292,644 carloads, down 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 250,253 trailers and containers, up 0.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Nine of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 54 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 13.2 percent, and food and kindred products, up 11.5 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 33.3 percent; coal, down 12.1 percent, and metal and products, down 10.8 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 6.4 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 2.6 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 38 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,747,162 carloads, down 2.5 percent from the same point last year, and 8,943,283 trailers and containers, up 3.6 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 80,271 carloads for the week, up 1.0 percent compared with the same week last year, and 57,888 trailers and containers, up 10.1 percent compared with 2011. For the first 38 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,921,858 carloads, up 2.8 percent from the same point last year, and 1,952,352 trailers and containers, up 7 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,280 carloads for the week, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,453 trailers and containers, up 11.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 38 weeks of 2012 is 544,598 carloads, even compared with the same point last year, and 372,375 trailers and containers, up 18.2 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 38 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 14,213,618 carloads, down 1.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 11,268,010 trailers and containers, up 4.6 percent compared with last year.


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