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AAR reports declines in weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported declines in weekly rail traffic for the week ending December 8, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 292,206 carloads, down 1.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 240,098 trailers and containers, down 0.3 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 petroleum products, up 59.5 percent; lumber wood and products, up 18.6 percent, and metallic ores, up 16.6 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included grain, down 15.3 percent; metals and products, down 11.9 percent, and coal, down 9.7 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 0.5 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 2.4 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 49 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 13,888,035 carloads, down 3.0 percent from the same point last year, and 11,619,432 trailers and containers, up 3.2 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 80,288 carloads for the week, up 6.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 51,898 trailers and containers, up 5.5 percent compared with 2011. For the first 49 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,790,383 carloads, up 2.2 percent from the same point last year, and 2,536,129 trailers and containers, up 6.7 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,312 carloads for the week, up 9.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,250 trailers and containers, up 16.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 49 weeks of 2012 is 708,556 carloads, up 0.9 percent compared with the same point last year, and 494,778 trailers and containers, up 19.6 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 49 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 18,386,974 carloads, down 1.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 14,650,339 trailers and containers, up 4.3 percent compared with last year.

 
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