Carload and intermodal volumes show weekly gains, says AAR

Rail carload and intermodal volumes were both up for the week ending July 14, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

By ·

Rail carload and intermodal volumes were both up for the week ending July 14, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 286,156—was up 1.7 percent annually and ahead of the week ending July 7 at 243,156 and the week ending June 30 at 278,634. Eastern carloads were down 2.1 percent annually, and out west carloads were up 4.1 percent.

Intermodal volumes—at 245,915 trailers and containers—were up 6.8 percent compared to the same week last year and were ahead of the week ending July 7 at 203,362 and the week ending June 30 at 253,497.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, ten were up annually. Petroleum products were up 39.2 percent, and motor vehicles and equipment were up 46.6 percent. Iron and steel scrap was down 25 percent, and metallic ores dropped 14 percent.

Carloads for the first 28 weeks of 2012—at 7,854,130—were down 2.6 percent compared to the first 28 weeks of 2011, and intermodal was up 3.5 percent at 6,499,007 trailers and containers.

Estimated ton-miles for the week ending July 14 were up 2.5 percent at 33.3 billion, and were down 1.8 percent on a year-to-date basis at 895.3 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
Is Your Logistics Strategy Keeping Pace with Your Manufacturing Efficiency?
U.S. manufacturers continue to invest in world-class technology and innovation, as a growing number of businesses choose to expand U.S.-based production — or return manufacturing from Asia.
Download Today!
From the April 2017 Issue
While adoption rates have remained relatively flat, yard management systems (YMS) are helping logistics operations turn that important space between the loading dock and the gate into a vital link in the supply chain.
Information Management: Wearables come in for a refit
2017 Air Cargo Roundtable: Positive Outlook Driven by New Demand
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Maximize Your LTL Driver Adherence with Real-time Feedback
This webinar shows how companies are using real-time performance data to optimize the scheduling of their city fleets, as well as the routing of their standard, accelerated and time-critical shipments.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
2017 Salary Survey: Fresh Voices Express Optimism
Our “33rd Annual Salary Survey” reflects more diversity entering the logistics management...
LM Exclusive: Major Modes Join E-commerce Mix
While last mile carriers receive much of the attention, the traditional modal heavyweights are in...

ASEAN Logistics: Building Collectively
While most of the world withdraws inward, Southeast Asia is practicing effective cooperation between...
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...