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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 20, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,791 carloads, down 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 253,883 trailers and containers, up 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Seven of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with farm products excluding grain, up 87 percent; petroleum products, up 60.5 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 19.8 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included iron and steel scrap, down 25.5 percent; coal, down 13.9 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 13.2 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 6 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 3.4 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 42 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,899,725 carloads, down 2.8 percent from the same point last year, and 9,967,086 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 77,819 carloads for the week, down 3.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 53,407 trailers and containers, up 3.9 percent compared with 2011. For the first 42 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,239,661 carloads, up 2.3 percent from the same point last year, and 2,171,115 trailers and containers, up 7.1 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 14,372 carloads for the week, down 3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,611 trailers and containers, up 46.9 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 42 weeks of 2012 is 603,845 carloads, up 0.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 418,963 trailers and containers, up 19.2 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 42 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 15,743,231 carloads, down 1.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 12,557,164 trailers and containers, up 4.7 percent compared with last year.

 

 
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