Grain carloads up, petroleum products down in latest rail carload data

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A loaded grain train rolls across CSX Transportation's Allegheny Subdivision in Alderson, W.Va.
Chase Gunnoe
WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroad’s weekly railcar data for the industry shows that U.S. rail traffic is down a little more than 6 percent in the weekend ending June 18. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was slightly more than 516,000 carloads and intermodal units, or down 6.3 percent when compared with the same week as 2015.

Freight carloads for the week were 250,748 carloads, down 8.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015 while intermodal volume was 265,348 containers and trailers, down a little more than 4 percent.

Three of the industry’s 10 carload commodity groups did reflect increases in comparison with the same week in 2015. Grain carloads are up more than 24 percent to 22,711 carloads, miscellaneous carloads, up 16.8 percent to 10,454 carloads, and motor vehicle and auto parts up only 0.1 percent to 18,700 carloads.

Petroleum products are down more than any other commodity — nearly 25 percent. U.S. railroads handled only 10,627 carloads of petroleum and petroleum related products this past week. As expected, coal is down more than 20 percent to 75,606 carloads for the week, while metallic ores and metals are down about 9 percent to 22,944 carloads.

For the entire year, U.S. railroads have reported a cumulative volume of more than 5.7 million carloads, down 13.3 percent from the same point in 2016. Intermodal volumes are also down more than 2 percent for the entire year, so far.

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