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AAR issues 2005 edition of Class I facts and figures publication


The Association of American Railroads recently released the 2005 edition of "Railroad Facts," which contains Class I statistics and charts for 2004 and prior years — in some cases, as far back as 1929.

Published by AAR's Policy and Economics Department, the more than 80-page book includes information on large roads’ finances, traffic, operations, plant and equipment, employment and compensation, fuel consumption and cost, loss and damage, and provides profiles for each U.S. and Canadian Class I, Mexico's two largest railroads and Amtrak.

For example, the book states that in 2004, U.S. Class Is registered record traffic volume of 1.66 trillion ton-miles and the average rail shipment traveled more than 900 miles.

Non-AAR members can buy one copy of Railroad Facts for $15; two to nine copies for $12 each; and 10 or more copies for $10 each. AAR members can purchase the book for $5 per copy. To order, visit AAR's Web site at

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