AAR reports gains in carload and intermodal volumes for week ending November 9
Carload volume—at 297,581—was up 4.9 percent annually, and intermodal—at 265,259 trailers and containers—was up 6.3 percent.
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Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending November 9, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Carload volume—at 297,581—was up 4.9 percent annually and ahead of the week ending November 2 at 292,298 and the week ending October 25 at 289,256.
Intermodal—at 265,259 trailers and containers—was up 6.3 percent year-over-year and ahead of the week ending November 2 at 264,264 and the week ending October 25 at 264,687. The AAR said weekly intermodal volumes have seen gains for 19 consecutive weeks.
Total weekly traffic for carloads and intermodal units—at 562,840—was up 5.6 percent annually.
Of the ten main commodity groups tracked by the AAR, eight saw annual increases. Petroleum and petroleum products were up 25.0 percent, and grain was up 21.3 percent. Coal was down 0.6 percent.
On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 0.5 percent at 12,681,728 and intermodal is up 4.1 percent at 11,130,624 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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