Coal declined a relatively modest 1.8% during the week, compared to a year ago.
Both Canada and Mexico registered gains in both freight categories. Canadian freight carload volume rose 2.8% for the week ending July 21, compared with a year ago, while Canadian intermodal advanced 6.9%. Mexican freight carload volume edged up 0.5% for the week compared with a year ago, while Mexican intermodal was up 8.4%.
Combined North American freight carload volume for the first 29 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was down 1.4% compared with the same period last year, while combined intermodal volume was up 4.6%.