Weekly intermodal volume higher

U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume for the week ended Jan. 12 totaled 252,896 trailers and containers, up 10.4% from the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads said. Railroads originated 279,893 carloads, down 6.4%. For the first two weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 431,213 trailers and containers, up 1.9% from the same 2012 period, and 521,575 carloads, down 9.1%.

Thirteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum products, up 47.7%; crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 17.5%; and lumber and wood products, up 15.5%. Groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included iron and steel scrap, down 22.1%; metallic ores, down 18.6%; and coal, down 16%.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 3.6% compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 8.1%.

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