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Those factors have yet again combined to slow total U.S. rail traffic for the week ended June 8 to 513,099 carloads, down 8.5% compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for the week were 246,758 carloads, down 9.1% compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,341 containers and trailers, down 8% compared to 2018.
Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They were petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,346 carloads, to 13,351; chemicals, up 679 carloads, to 32,353; and miscellaneous carloads, up 114 carloads, to 10,187. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 include commodities such as coal, down 13,505 carloads, to 71,526; nonmetallic minerals, down 5,669 carloads, to 35,087; and motor vehicles and parts, down 2,243 carloads, to 15,752.
For the first 23 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,775,582 carloads, down 2.7% from the same point last year; and 6,114,628 intermodal units, down 2.7% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 23 weeks of 2019 was 11,890,210 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2.7% compared to last year.
This article first appeared on www.railwayage.com
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