AAR reports gains in carloads and intermodal loadings for week ending September 7
Carload volume—at 278,594—was up 2.2 percent annually, and intermodal was up 6.7 percent annually at 228,899 trailers and containers.
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Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending September 7, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Carload volume—at 278,594—was up 2.2 percent annually and below the week ending August 31 at 302,026 and below the week ending August 24 at 291,889.
Intermodal was up 6.7 percent annually at 228,899 trailers and containers and below the week ending August 31 at 259,672 and the week ending August 24 at 257,080.
Total weekly traffic for carloads and intermodal units, Labor Day—at 507,493—was up 4.2 percent annually.
Of the ten main commodity groups tracked by the AAR, seven saw annual increases.
Motor vehicles and parts were up 21.9 percent. Farm and food products, excluding grain, were down 8.6 percent.
On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 1.0 percent at 10,059,348, and intermodal is up 3.6 percent at 8,749,141 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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