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AAR reports mixed weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending October 13, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 285,089 carloads, down 6.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 250,826 trailers and containers, up 2.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Twelve of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with farm products excluding grain, up 55.1 percent; petroleum products, up 52.6 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 16.6 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 26.8 percent; iron and steel scrap, down 21 percent, and coal, down 16.9 percent.  Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 10.4 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 3.3 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 41 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,610,934 carloads, down 2.7 percent from the same point last year, and 9,713,203 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 76,845 carloads for the week, down 3.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 53,155 trailers and containers, up 10.7 percent compared with 2011. For the first 41 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,161,842 carloads, up 2.5 percent from the same point last year, and 2,117,708 trailers and containers, up 7.2 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,078 carloads for the week, up 5.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,236 trailers and containers, up 37.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 41 weeks of 2012 is 589,473 carloads, up 0.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 407,352 trailers and containers, up 18.6 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 41 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 15,362,249 carloads, down 1.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 12,238,263 trailers and containers, up 4.7 percent compared with last year.

 
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