AAR reports annual gains for week ending June 22
Weekly carload volume—at 288,224—was up 2.7 percent compared to a year ago, and intermodal—at 252,807 trailers and containers—was up 2.7 percent.
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Carload and intermodal volumes were again up annually for the week ending June 22, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Weekly carload volume—at 288,224—was up 2.7 percent compared to a year ago and below the week ending June 15 at 288,879 and ahead of the week ending January 8 at 278,249.
Intermodal—at 252,807 trailers and containers—was up 2.7 percent annually and below the week ending June 15 at 254,266 and ahead of the week ending June 8 at 252,641.
Total weekly traffic for carloads and intermodal units—at 541,031—was up 1.2 percent annually.
Of the ten main commodity groups tracked by the AAR, four saw annual increases.
Petroleum and petroleum products were up 37.2 percent. Grain was down 23.3 percent.
On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 1.6 percent at 6,936,532 and intermodal is up 3.9 percent at 6,020,765 containers and trailers.
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Transportation of freight in containers was first recorded around 1780 to move coal along England’s Bridgewater Canal. However, "modern" intermodal rail service by a major U.S. railroad only dates back to 1936. Malcom McLean’s Sea-Land Service significantly advanced intermodalism, showing how freight could be loaded into a “container” and moved by two or more modes economically and conveniently. As with all new technologies, there were problems that slowed the growth, which influenced many potential customers to shy away from moving intermodal.
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