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AAR reports railroads continue to post weak carload


The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports US railways carried 276,357 carloads in the week ended October 24, a decline of 14.8 per cent compared with the same week last year.
Intermodal traffic totalled 207,401 trailers or containers, down 10.1 per cent from a year ago. Compared with the same week last year, container volume fell 3.6 per cent and trailer volume dropped 34.7 per cent, an AAR statement said.
While 17 of the 19 carload freight commodity groups were down from the same week last year, grain mill products were up 9.6 per cent and grain was up 6.2 per cent. Declines in commodity groups ranged from 1.9 per cent for chemicals to 66.1 per cent for metallic ores, it said.
During the reporting period, total volume on US railroads was estimated at 31.1 billion ton-miles, a decrease of 13.4 per cent year on year.
Year-to-date, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,207,180 carloads, down 18 per cent from the same period in 2008; 7,969,780 trailers or containers, down 16.4 per cent; and total volume of an estimated 1.2 trillion ton-miles, down 17.1 per cent from 2008.
Canadian railroads reported volume of 71,097 cars for the week, down 9.9 per cent from last year; and 44,849 trailers or containers, down 13 per cent from 2008. Year-to-date, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,585,690 carloads, down 21.4 per cent from last year; and 1,720,890 trailers or containers, down 15.9 per cent. 

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