U.S. carload freight rose 0.5% for the week, while U.S. intermodal volume continued its robust growth, up 3.7% compared to volume last year.
Just four of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR posted gains, however, led once more by petroleum and petroleum products, up 19.6%. Commodities showing a decrease included grain, down 8%.
Canadian freight carload volume fared well, up 1.7% for the week ending Aug. 17 compared with a year ago. Canadian intermodal volume did better, up 4.9% for the week. Mexican freight carload volume excelled, up 11.8% for the week compared with 2012 levels, but Mexican intermodal volume slumped, down 6%.
Combined North American freight carload volume for the 33 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads still lagged 2012 totals, down 0.3%. Combined North American intermodal volume for the period was up 3.5%.