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Last week saw a rise in rail action, but this week total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 529,263 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.7% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ended May 11 were 258,641 carloads, down 3.1% compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 270,622 containers and trailers, down 4.3% compared to 2018.
The three commodity groups that posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018 were petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,900 carloads, to 13,048; miscellaneous carloads, up 475 carloads, to 9,570; and motor vehicles and parts, up 64 carloads, to 16,986. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included nonmetallic minerals, down 6,963 carloads, to 35,393; metallic ores and metals, down 2,701 carloads, to 21,151; and coal, down 753 carloads, to 80,601.
For the first 19 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,764,353 carloads, down 2.4% from the same point last year; and 5,069,755 intermodal units, down 1.7% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 19 weeks of 2019 was 9,834,108 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2% compared to last year.
This article first appeared on www.railwayage.com
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