AAR reports carload and intermodal gains for week ending March 15
Carloads—at 289,375—were up 3.1 percent annually, and intermodal was up 11.9 percent at 255,991 containers and trailers.
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Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending March 15, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) this week.
Carloads—at 289,375—were up 3.1 percent annually and ahead of the week ending March 8 at 274,480 and the week ending March 1 at 287,294.
Intermodal was up 11.9 percent at 255,991 containers and trailers and topped the week ending March 8 at 244,015 and the week ending March 1 at 257,710
Of the ten main commodity groups tracked by the AAR, seven saw annual increases for the week ending March 15. Grain was up 21 percent, and motor vehicles and parts were down 8 percent.
For the first 11 weeks of 2014, carloads are flat annually at 3,009,897, and intermodal is up 2.3 percent at 2,677,098 trailers and containers.
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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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