Rail News – AAR: Weekly carloads fell for all North American rail sectors. For Railroad Career Professionals

Posted: August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

For the week ending Aug. 11, U.S. railroads reported 289,172 carloads, down 1.2 percent, and 243,030 intermodal loads, up 3.2 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads.

 

Ten of 20 carload commodity groups posted gains, led by petroleum products (44.4 percent), lumber and wood products (19.8 percent), and motor vehicles and equipment (19.2 percent). Metallic ores and iron/steel scrap traffic declined 22 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively.

 

For the week ending Aug. 11, Canadian railroads reported 70,842 carloads, down 5.7 percent, and 52,952 intermodal loads, up 4.5 percent year over year. Mexican railroads’ weekly carload volume dipped 0.5 percent to 14,318 units and intermodal volume rose 10.4 percent to 10,966 containers and trailers.

 

Through 2012’s first 32 weeks, 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads originated 11,907,933 carloads, down 1.3 percent, and 9,412,541 containers and trailers, up 4.6 percent compared with volumes from the same 2011 period.

via Rail News – AAR: Weekly carloads fell for all North American rail sectors. For Railroad Career Professionals.

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