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Intermodal loads up, carloads down for U.S. and Canadian railroads in November


U.S. railroads’ traffic totals were mixed during the month of November. Last month, the roads’ intermodal volume increased 0.7 percent to 1.2 million units, but originated carloads decreased 0.9 percent to 1.6 million units compared with November 2005’s totals, according to Association of American Railroads data.

For 2006’s first 11 months, U.S. railroads originated 16.1 million carloads, up 1.2 percent, and 11.4 million trailers and containers, up 5.3 percent compared with data from the same 2005 period. Total estimated volume rose 2.4 percent to 1.6 trillion ton-miles.

Canadian railroads’ November traffic was mixed, too. Intermodal traffic was up 1.6 percent to 232,576 units, but originated carloads were down 4.7 percent to 363,790 units compared with November 2005 data. Year-to-date, Canadian intermodal traffic totaled 2.2 million units and carload traffic totaled 3.6 million units, a 5.1 percent increase and 1.7 percent decrease, respectively, compared with the same 2005 period.

On a combined-cumulative basis through 48 weeks, 13 reporting U.S. and Canadian railroads originated 19.7 million carloads, up 0.6 percent, and 13.6 million trailers and containers, up 5.3 percent, compared with 2005’s first 48 weeks.

Meanwhile, Kansas City Southern de México’s November carloads rose 1.3 percent to 57,758 units and intermodal volume increased 14.6 percent to 23,657 units. Year-to-date, the railroad’s carloads and intermodal loads declined 3 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.

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