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Intermodal has its third-best week ever

U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume for the week ended Sept. 29 was up 2.5% from the same week last year to 257,225 trailers and containers, according to the Association of American Railroads. The U.S. intermodal originations of 257,225 represent the highest weekly total of the year and the third-highest weekly intermodal total ever, AAR said. Railroads’ carload volume was down 5.3% to 295,243 carloads. For the first 39 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,200,508 trailers and containers, up 3.6% from last year, and 11,042,405 carloads, down 2.5%.

Fourteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, including petroleum products, up 59.4%; iron and steel scrap, up 16.6%, and crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 14.7%. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 19.6%; coal, down 17.3%, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 11.3%.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 7.2% compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 4.1%.

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