U.S. freight carload volume advanced a healthy 3.6% measured against the comparable week in 2012, while U.S. intermodal volume continued its winning ways for the 17th week in a row, up 3.2% for the week. Total U.S. railroad traffic, predictably, was equally impressive, up 3.4% compared with the same week last year.
Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, with grain leading the plus column, up 29.6%; petroleum and petroleum products rose 20.1% Declining commodities included farm and food products, excluding grain, down 3.9%.
Canadian freight carload traffic, by contrast, slumped 5.1% compared with the same week last year, and Canadian intermodal volume also suffered, down 3.5%. Mexican freight carload traffic did better, up 6.5% compared with a year ago, but Mexican intermodal fell, down 2.5%.
Combined North American freight railcar volume for the 43 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads rose 0.1% measured against the comparable period in 2012. Combined North American intermodal for the period was up 3.7%.