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AAR data: U.S. railroads match ton-miles in most recent week, but carloads still trail last year's total

U.S. railroads haven’t registered any traffic gains so far in 2007, but they drew even during the most recent week — at least in terms of ton-miles. For the week ending June 23, the roads’ estimated ton-miles totaled 34.3 billion, equaling the amount carried in the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads.

However, originated carloads totaling 337,774 units declined 0.8 percent and intermodal loads totaling 242,104 units decreased 1.2 percent year over year.

During 2007’s first 25 weeks, U.S. railroads originated 8.1 million carloads, down 4.1 percent, and 5.7 million trailers and containers, down 1.3 percent compared with the same 2006 period. Total estimated volume of 823.7 billion ton-miles dropped 2.9 percent.

Canadian railroads had a better all-around week. During the period ending June 23, their originated carloads increased 1.9 percent to 82,571 units and intermodal volume jumped 7.6 percent to 49,151 units compared with the same 2006 week.

Through 25 weeks, Canadian railroads moved about 2 million carloads, down 0.7 percent, and 1.1 million trailers and containers, up 1.6 percent year over year.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 25 weeks, reporting U.S. and Canadian railroads originated 10 million carloads, down 3.5 percent, and 6.8 million trailers and containers, down 0.9 percent compared with 2006’s first 25 weeks.

In Mexico, Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. last week carried a total of 11,057 cars, down 0.9 percent year over year. However, weekly intermodal volume totaling 4,619 trailers rose 8.1 percent. Through 25 weeks, the railroad’s carloads carried totaled 271,285 units, down 4.9 percent, and intermodal volume totaled 108,182 units, up 10.7 percent compared with the same 2006 period.

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