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AAR reports gains for weekly rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  reported gains for weekly rail traffic for the week ending December 22, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 290,223 carloads, up .9 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 240,119 trailers and containers, up 10.2 percent compared with the same week last year.  Fifteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 71.5 percent; crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 29.5; and lumber and wood products, up 27.3 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 26.3 percent; and coal, down 11.1 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 5.8 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 2.1 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 51 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 14,470,898 carloads, down 3 percent from the same point last year, and 12,111,536 trailers and containers, up 3.4 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 79,734 carloads for the week, up 2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 49,442 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent compared with 2011. For the first 51 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,949,119 carloads, up 2.2 percent from the same point last year, and 2,638,470 trailers and containers, up 6.7 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,396 carloads for the week, up 14.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,532 trailers and containers, up 16 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 51 weeks of 2012 is 739,033 carloads, up 1.4 percent compared with the same point last year, and 513,204 trailers and containers, up 19.2 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 51 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 19,159,050 carloads, down 1.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 15,263,210 trailers and containers, up 4.4 percent compared with last year.

 
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