AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending October 27

Carload volume—at 287,104—was down 7 percent annually, and intermodal volumes—at 253,186 trailers and containers—were up 3.9 percent.

By ·

Rail and intermodal traffic was again mixed for the week ending October 27, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 287,104—was down 7 percent annually and below the week ending October 20 at 288,791 and ahead of the week ending October 13 at 285,089.

Eastern carload volumes were down 5.7 percent annually, and out west carloads were down 7.8 percent.

Intermodal volumes—at 253,186 trailers and containers—were up 3.9 percent and slightly below the week ending October 20 at 253,883 and ahead of the week ending October 13 at 250,826.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, nine were up annually. Farm products excluding grain were up 72 percent, and petroleum products were up 52.7 percent. Iron and steel scrap was down 32.8 percent, and coal was down 15.2 percent. 

Carloads for the first 43 weeks of 2012—at 12,186,829—were down 2.9 percent compared to the first 43 weeks of 2011, and intermodal was up 3.7 percent at 10,220,272 trailers and containers.

Estimated ton-miles for the week ending October 20 were down 6.4 percent at 33.7 billion, and were down 2.7 percent on a year-to-date basis at 1,401.2 billion.


Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

AAR · Intermodal · Rail Freight · All Topics
Hub Group Resources
Not Your Grandfather's Intermodal
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.
Click here to download
Latest Whitepaper
Lead your organization through the driver shortage and over-the-road regulations.
Potential transportation disruptions are looming as increased over-the-road regulations are set to go into effect in 2017. Experts believe these regulations will further impact the already challenged driver pool as well as reduce driver productivity.
Download Today!
From the January 2017 Issue
Following LM tradition, we start off the New Year with our annual “Rate Outlook” cover story and subsequent Webcast
Moore on Pricing: The other TMS functional options
2017 Rate Outlook: Where are freight transportation rates headed?
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
2017 Rate Outlook: Where are freight transportation rates headed?
Join our panel of top oil and transportation analysts for an exclusive look at where rates are headed and the issues driving those rate increases over the coming year.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
2017 Rate Outlook: Will the pieces fall into place?
Trade and transport analysts see a turnaround in last year’s negative market outlook, but as...
Logistics Management’s Top Logistics News Stories 2016
From mergers and acquisitions to regulation changes, Logistics Management has compiled the most...

Making the TMS Decision: Ariens Finds Just the Right Fit
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL)...
Motor Carrier Regulations Update: Caught in a Trap
The fed is hitting truckers with a barrage of costly regulations in an era of scant profits....