Last month, RailAmerica Inc.'s North American subsidiaries moved 107,097 carloads, a 9.5 percent increase compared with November 2003. On a same railroad basis, North American carloads increased 1.2 percent to 98,487 units primarily because rising food and petroleum product moves were partially offset by declining agricultural and farm products, metals and coal moves.
In November, U.S. carloads totaled 83,280 units, a 13.5 percent increase compared with November 2003. Canadian carloads totaling 23,817 units dropped 2.4 percent. However, year-to-date Canadian carloads through Nov. 30 rose 5.4 percent to 253,293 units compared with the same 2003 period.
Through Nov. 30, RailAmerica's year-to-date North American carloads rose 9.2 percent to 1,137,162 units compared with a similar 2003 period. Same railroad carloads increased 3.8 percent to 1,071,837 units.
RailAmerica owns and operates 44 regionals and short lines in the United States and Canada.