Grain shipments up, petroleum down in latest railcar data report

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A unit grain train rolls through Alderson, W.Va., on CSX's Alleghany Subdivision.
Chase Gunnoe
WASHINGTON — Freight rail traffic may be down by more than six percent in the latest railcar data report by the Association of American Railroads, but grain shipments are higher.

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 20 shows that grain carloads were up more than 36 percent to 24,944 carloads when compared to the same period in 2015. Auto shipments, including motor vehicles and auto parts were also up nearly five percent to 18,974 carloads. Miscellaneous carloads have increased nearly five percent to 10,558 carloads as well.

While grain shipments are on the rise across U.S. rails, petroleum and related products are still taking a hit. For the same weekly period, petroleum carloads were down more than 24 percent to 10,933 carloads and coal remains down at a little more than 16 percent. Forest products are also down 14 percent to 9,869 carloads.

For the first 33 weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads have handled more than 16.3 million carloads of freight and intermodal units, a number that is more than seven percent lower than the same period in 2015.

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