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Intermodal Up, Carloads Down on U.S. Railroads

February 15th, 2013

Major U.S. railroads originated 273,369 carloads in the week ending Feb. 9, down 2.3% compared with the same week last year, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal volume was up 7.7% versus the same week last year, at 244,679 trailers and containers.

Short lines’ intermodal traffic jumped 67.3% in the week, compared with the same week in 2012, at 22,053 carloads. Other traffic was down, falling 2.7% to 115,974.

The AAR said six of the 10 carload commodity groups it now reports posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, with petroleum products, up 65%, and nonmetallic minerals and products, up 14%. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included grain, down 17.3%, and metallic ores and metals, down 13.5%.

Canadian railroads reported 80,020 carloads for the week, up 3.0% compared with the same week last year, and 50,882 trailers and containers, down 4.1% compared with 2012. Mexican railroads reported 14,211 carloads for the week, up 7.9% compared with the same week last year, and 9,103 trailers and containers, up 4.7%.

For further details, consult the AAR’s weekly rail traffic charts and RMI’s RailConnect Index of Short Line Traffic.

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Union Pacific Promotes Three in Corporate Relations

February 15th, 2013

Union Pacific Railroad has announced three corporate relations appointments.

Donna Kush has been promoted to vice president of public affairs of the northern region, effective April 1, succeeding Joe Bateman, who will serve as vice president of government relations until he retires on Oct. 1. She currently serves as assistant vice president of corporate communications, and joined UP in 2008. She has more than 24 years of corporate marketing, branding and communications experience.

Brenda Mainwaring has been named vice president of public affairs of the southern region, effective April 15. She succeeds Joe Adams, who will retire on May 31. Mainwaring joined the railroad in 1997, serving as director of public affairs of Iowa and Nebraska since 2007. She worked in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. government prior to joining UP.

Additionally, Tom Lange has been promoted to assistant vice president of corporate communications, succeeding Kush. Lange currently serves as director of corporate communications. A former newspaper editor, he has more than 25 years of media relations and communications experience in the consumer, manufacturing, sports and transportation industries.

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