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10/31/2008



Rail News: Intermodal

AAR: Canadian and U.S. roads report carload, intermodal volume drops in latest week


Traffic in October’s third week wasn’t any better for U.S. railroads than in the first and second. During the week ending Oct. 25, their carloads totaling 325,315 units declined 4.7 percent and intermodal volume totaling 230,774 containers and trailers decreased 4.1 percent compared with totals from the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads data.

Through 2008’s first 43 weeks, U.S. roads originated 14 million carloads, down 0.4 percent, and 9.7 million intermodal loads, down 3 percent year over year. Total volume reached an estimated 1.46 trillion ton-miles, up 0.7 percent.

Canadian railroads had a bad week, too. Their carloads totaling 74,495 units fell 9.8 percent and intermodal volume totaling 51,589 units dropped 0.9 percent compared with totals from the same 2007 week. Through 43 weeks, Canadian railroads’ carloads declined 4.6 percent to 3.2 million units, but intermodal volume rose 3.7 percent to 2 million units.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 43 weeks, reporting U.S. and Canadian railroads originated 17.1 million carloads, down 1.2 percent, and 11.8 million containers and trailers, down 1.9 percent year over year.

In Mexico, Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. reported weekly carloads totaling 9,733 units and 43-week carloads totaling 441,252 units, down 10.5 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively, compared with totals from the same 2007 periods. The railroad’s intermodal volume climbed 18.1 percent to 6,324 units in the latest week and rose 8.9 percent to 216,528 units through 43 weeks.

Meanwhile, Ferrocarril Mexicano S.A. de C.V. reported weekly carloads totaling 13,013 units and 43-week carloads totaling 528,712 units, up 47.1 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively, compared with totals from the same 2007 periods. Ferromex’s intermodal volume jumped 32.1 percent to 3,256 units in the latest week and inched up 0.5 percent to 125,390 units through 43 weeks.


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