The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 284,562 carloads for the week ending June 25, 2011, down 0.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 234,775 trailers and containers, up 3.3 percent compared with the same week last year according to their latest report.
Twelve of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010. Commodity groups posting solid increases included: grain, up 14.4 percent, and coke, up 10.6 percent. Groups posting a notable decrease included: farm products excluding grain, down 19.5 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 14.7 percent.
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 1.9 percent compared with the same week in 2010.
However there was some good news as for the first 25 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,253,284 carloads, up 2.8 percent from last year, and 5,619,145 trailers and containers, up 8 percent from the same point in 2010.
Combined North American rail volume for the first 25 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 9,464,717 carloads, up 2.7 percent compared with the same point last year, and 6,976,674 trailers and containers, up 7.2 percent compared with last year.