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U.S. Railroads See Mixed Traffic in Mid-January

January 25th, 2013

Major U.S. railroads originated 277,490 carloads in the week ending Jan. 19, down 3.5% compared with the same week last year, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal volume was up 13.5% versus the same week last year, at 249,397 trailers and containers.

Short lines’ intermodal traffic jumped 86.99% in the week, compared with the same week in 2012, at 22,171 carloads. Other traffic was also up, increasing 0.8% to 116,422.

The AAR said nine of the 20 carload commodity group posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by petroleum products, up 60.9%; motor vehicles and equipment, up 19.1%; and lumber and wood products, up 15.8%. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included primary forest products, down 20.9%; iron and steel scrap, down 17.7%; and nonmetallic materials, down 16.9%.

Canadian railroads reported 77,172 carloads for the week, up 13.1% compared with the same week last year, and 53,581 trailers and containers, up 11.5% compared with 2012. Mexican railroads reported 14,658 carloads for the week, up 7.4% compared with the same week last year, and 9,543 trailers and containers, up 2.9%.

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

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