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AAR issues latest edition of statistical reference guide

Yesterday, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) released the 2010 edition of “Railroad Facts,” its statistical reference guide.

The publication notes that in 2009, rail traffic “experienced the largest percentage decrease since 1949, with carloads down 15.1 percent and ton-miles down 13.8 percent,” AAR officials said in a prepared statement. “But aggressive cost management by railroads helped to bolster year-end performance and allowed for record capital investment totaling $9.9 billion.”

The book contains more than 80 pages of facts and statistics from 2009, and historical data on such rail business aspects as finance, operations, plant/equipment, employment/compensation and fuel usage. In addition, the publication contains a profile of each Class I, Amtrak and Mexico’s two largest railroads. New this year: Railroad Facts features a “Year in Review” and “Preview of 2010,” the AAR said.

Non-AAR members can purchase copies of the publication for $20, with discounts available for purchases of two or more copies; AAR members can buy a copy for $5. The book also is available online at

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