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US rail volume up 1.6pc in penultimate week of September


For the penultimate week in September, total US weekly rail traffic was up 1.6 per cent year on year to 548,204 carloads, reported the American Association of Railroads (AAR).
Total carloads for the week ending September 23 were down two per cent to 263,200 carloads year on year while US weekly intermodal volume was up 5.1 per cent to 285,004 containers and trailers.
Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They included nonmetallic minerals, up 3,166 carloads, to 40,718; metallic ores and metals, up 2,528 carloads, to 25,392; and chemicals, up 487 carloads, to 30,669.
Commodity groups posted year on year decreases: grain down 5,517 carloads to 19,612, coal down 3,120 carloads to 84,389, petroleum and petroleum products down 10,189 carloads, to 9,188.
For the first 38 weeks of 2017, US railways reported cumulative volume of 9,833,998 carloads, up four per cent from the same point last year and 10,145,659 intermodal units up 3.4 per cent from last year.
Total combined US traffic for the first 38 weeks of 2017 was up 3.7 per cent to 19,979,657 carloads and intermodal units.
Canadian railways reported 81,470 carloads for the week, up 1.2 per cent, and 73,056 intermodal units, up 18.2 per cent year on year.
Mexican railways reported 15,671 carloads for the week, down 0.6 per cent and 12,842 intermodal units, down 2.6 per cent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railways for the first 38 weeks of 2017 was 1,032,518 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers up 0.6 per cent.

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