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U.S., Canadian railroads continue to report opposite carloading results

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) will report final traffic figures for 2007 by week's end. If data through the year's first 51 weeks is any indication, U.S. railroads will be discouraged and their Canadian counterparts, encouraged by the results.

Through 51 weeks, U.S. railroads originated 16.7 million carloads, down 2.4 percent, and 11.9 million containers and trailers, down 2 percent compared with traffic data from the same 2006 period, according to the AAR. Total estimated volume fell 2.5 percent to 34.5 billion ton-miles.

Conversely, Canadian roads through 51 weeks increased carloads 0.6 percent to 4 million units and boosted intermodal volume 3.5 percent to 2.4 million units.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 51 weeks, reporting U.S. and Canadian railroads originated 20.1 million carloads, down 1.9 percent, and 14.3 million containers and trailers, down 1.1 percent compared with totals from the same 2006 period.

For just the week ending Dec. 22, U.S. railroads reported 327,876 carloads, down 3.2 percent, and 229,695 intermodal loads, down 1.8 percent year over year. Canadian roads' weekly traffic data shows carloads increasing 5.8 percent to 78,676 units and intermodal volume rising 2.1 percent to 46,334 units.

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