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Railroad Carload Traffic up 7.3% in March

April 7, 2017

Carload traffic grew by 7.3 percent in March when compared with the same month in 2016, the Association of American Railroads reported.

U.S. railroads moved 1,283,489 carloads in March, up 87,183 carloads from March 2016.

The carriers originated 1,298,173 containers and trailers, a gain of 3.8 percent, or 47,180 units, from a year ago.

Combined U.S. carload and intermodal in March were 2,581,662, up 5.5 percent or 134,363 carloads and intermodal units over March 2016.

Thirteen of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR saw gains led by coal, up 19 percent or 63,846 carloads; crushed stone, gravel, and sand, up 12.5 percent or 13,154 carloads, and grain, up 10.6 percent or 11,336 carloads.

Commodities that declined from March 2016 included motor vehicles and parts, down 5.3 percent or 4,999 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, off 8.1 percent or 4,382 carloads, and chemicals, down 1.3 percent or 2,113 carloads.

Excluding coal, carloads gained 2.7 percent year-to-year.

“Railroading is not for the faint of heart, as markets are continually changing and railroads have to adapt to changing circumstances,” said AAR Senior Vice President of Policy and Economics John T. Gray in a statement. “Despite recent increases, in absolute terms rail coal volumes are much lower than they were even a few years ago, and rail crude oil volumes are roughly half what they were a couple of years ago. On the other hand, this was the best March ever for carloads of crushed stone, sand, and gravel, and it was the best March for grain since 2008.”

G&W Traffic Up 27% in January

February 16, 2017

The acquisition of the Providence & Worcester Railroad last year has helped Genesee & Wyoming railroads post a 27 percent overall traffic increase in January 2017 when compared with the same month in 2016.

G&WThe P&W acquisition was completed last November. G&W railroads handled more than 138,500 railcars in January 2017, an increase of 11 percent over the 124,400 railcars it handled in 2016.

G&W also reported increased traffic on other railroads due to increased shipments of coal, coke, agricultural products and minerals and stone traffic.

Its best performing commodity in January was coal and coke with its railroads carrying more than 22,400 carloads of coal in January 2017, compared with 18,400 carloads in the same month in 2016.

Coal Helps Drive January Freight Increase

February 3, 2017

Coal traffic helped drive an increase in U.S. railroad freight during January, the Association of American Railroads said on Thursday.

AARFor the month, carload traffic was 996,573 carloads, up 2.9 percent or 28,341 carloads from January 2016.

But intermodal traffic was down with railroads originating 1,021,068 containers and trailers, down 1.8 percent or 18,553 units from January 2016.

For January 2017, combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations were 2,017,641, up 0.5 percent or 9,788 carloads and intermodal units from January 2016.

Nine of the 20 carload commodities tracked by the AAR each month saw carload gains compared with January 2016.

Coal was up 11.9 percent or 35,798 carloads; grain was up 5.2 percent or 4,570 carloads; and waste and nonferrous scrap was up 20.9 percent or 2,546 carloads.

Falling in January were petroleum and petroleum products, down 19.5 percent or 9,751 carloads; chemicals, down 3.6 percent or 4,456 carloads; and stone, clay and glass products, down 10.9 percent or 2,904 carloads.

“January rail traffic paints a mixed picture, with some commodities exceeding expectations, while others remained flat or down,” said AAR Senior Vice President of Policy and Economics John T. Gray. “For most of last year, coal carloads were down sharply, but for the past couple of months, including January, they’ve been the major force behind rail carload gains. We can probably expect continued uncertainty in energy markets going forward, but we’re hopeful that improving macro-economic fundamentals will drive improvement in rail volumes for many commodity categories this year.”

R&N Posts 16% Carload Gain in 2016

February 3, 2017

Pennsylvania-based short line Reading & Northern posted a 16 percent increase in carload traffic for 2016, handling almost 20,000 carloads.

PennsylvaniaTourist operations accommodated more than 100,000 passengers, the second time in the railroad’s history that it has topped six figures.

In a statement, the R&N said that during 2016 it “had more employees, more track, more locomotives, more freight cars, more facilities and more customers than at any point in its history.”

R&N added 10 miles of new track and acquired the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, with more than three miles of new track construction.

In maintenance of way efforts, R&N installed more than 15,000 ties, replaced more than 20,000 linear feet of rail and built a dozen new turnouts.

The locomotive fleet increased by 20 percent with the acquisition of six four-axle locomotives. The freight car fleet grew 16 percent to 1,179 cars, an increase of 162.

More than a dozen new customers have come on line, most with the Humboldt acquisition, and 21 new employees joined the railroad, bringing the staff to more than 200.

G&W Traffic Up in December, 4th Quarter

January 17, 2017

Genesee & Wyoming reported that its December 2016 traffic was up 26 percent to 270,543 carloads when compared with December 2015.

G&WG&W’s same-railroad traffic in December was 232,144 carloads, an increase of 8.3 percent over the same figures for December 2015.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, G&W said traffic increased 7.9 percent to 766,550 carloads compared with fourth-quarter 2015’s total. G&W’s same-railroad traffic in the quarter totaled 724,958 carloads, up 2 percent year over year.

G&W is the parent company of the Ohio Central System.

 

U.S. Rail Freight Traffic Declined During 2016, But December Traffic Figures Showed Increases

January 5, 2017

Although U.S. rail freight traffic fell in 2016 when compared with 2015, the Association of American Railroads is optimistic that based on late-year growth that the future looks a little brighter.

AARTotal rail traffic volume was 26,587,351 carloads and intermodal units, down 5 percent or 1,389,323 carloads and intermodal units from 2015.

AAR said that for the year U.S. carload traffic was 13,096,860 carloads, down 8.2 percent or 1,169,152 carloads, while intermodal containers and trailers were 13,490,491 units, down 1.6 percent or 220,171 containers and trailers.

Describing 2016 as challenging for America’s freight railroads, AAR Senior Vice President of Policy and Economics John T. Gray noted that it was the second consecutive year of declining traffic “ . . . due mainly to a weak manufacturing economy and turmoil in energy markets.”

Intermodal traffic failed to set a fourth straight annual record.

“That said, there are signs that the economy may be gradually returning to a period of growth,” Gray said in a statement.

Analysts can point to an uptick in traffic during December 2016 when compared with the same month in 2015.

Carload traffic totaled 973,642 carloads, up 2.8 percent or 26,147 while U.S. railroads originated 1,011,870 containers and trailers, up 11.2 percent or 102,215 units.

For December 2016, combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations were 1,985,512, up 6.9 percent or 128,362 carloads and intermodal units from December 2015.

Thirteen of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR saw carload gains compared with December 2015.

These included: coal, up 4.2 percent or 13,360 carloads; grain, up 10.5 percent or 8,663 carloads; and chemicals, up 3.9 percent or 4,599 carloads.

Commodities that fell included: petroleum and petroleum products, down 17.4 percent or 8,568 carloads; crushed stone, gravel and sand, down 4.1 percent or 2,889 carloads; and miscellaneous carloads, down 5.9 percent or 1,265 carloads.

Excluding coal, carloads were up 2 percent or 12,787 carloads in December 2016 from December 2015.

Freight Traffic Up in November 2016

December 9, 2016

For the first time this year U.S. railroads posted traffic gains for the month over a year’s period.

AARThe Association of American Railroads said November 2016 traffic was up 1.1 percent over what railroads carried in November 2015.

Railroads carred 2,638,197 carloads and intermodal units during the month.

AAR said the total volume reflected slight increases in both carloads and intermodal containers and trailers.

Carload traffic rose 0.4 percent to 1,319,008 units, while intermodal increased by 1.9 percent to 1,319,189 units compared with year-ago numbers, according to an AAR press release.

“There are glimmers of hope in rail traffic data in November, with carloads and intermodal totals both up over last year — something that hasn’t happened for carloads in 22 months and for intermodal in nine months,” said AAR Senior Vice President of Policy and Economics John Gray in a statement.

“Hopefully, these results are indicators of continuing future growth for the manufacturing economy, for trade, and for rail traffic. It appears that economic fundamentals are trending toward more positive results than have been seen in the recent past.”

AAR said 11 of the 20 carload commodity categories that is tracks posted gains in November 2016 when compared with the same month in 2015.

Those included grain, up 18.6 percent; chemicals, up 1.9 percent; and waste and nonferrous scrap, up 13.1 percent.

Commodities that decreased compared with a year ago included petroleum and petroleum products, down 15.4 percent; coal, down 2 percent; and motor vehicles and parts, down 3.5 percent. Excluding coal, carloads rose 1.7 percent last month compared with carloads in November 2015.

For the first 11 months of 2016, total rail traffic volume in the United States was 24,601,839 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.8 percent from the same point last year.

Rail Traffic Rose in Early November

November 11, 2016

U.S. railroads saw an increase in traffic during the first week of November, the first increase in freight traffic in several months.

AARThe Association of American Railroads said the railroads moved more than 543,000 carloads and 20-foot equivalent units, about 0.7 percent more than what they moved during the same week in 2015.

That included 272,115 containers and trailers, or about 1.7 percent more than last year. Freight traffic is still down about 0.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

Four of the 10 major commodities groups posted an increase in volume during the week. That included grain, up about 22 percent; non-metallic ores, up around 3.8 percent; and motor vehicles and other automobile parts, up nearly 3 percent.

Petroleum products, which include crude oil, remain down more than 16 percent while miscellaneous carloads are down a little more than 10 percent. Metallic ores and metals moves are also down by almost 10 percent.

For the first 44 weeks of 2016, U.S. rail traffic is still down a little more than 6 percent.

U.S. Rail Carloadings Down 5.1% in October

November 4, 2016

U.S. rail carloadings fell 5.1 percent in October 2016 to 1,066,994 carloads, a decline of 57,800 carloads from October 2015.

AARAs has been the case all year, falling coal traffic had a disproportionate effect on freight traffic.

Take away coal and the carloads  in October 2016 were down 3.8 percent or 28,179 carloads, from October 2015.

Four of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month posted gains compared with October 2015.

Grain was up 6 percent or 6,014 carloads; waste and nonferrous scrap, up 9.9 percent or 1,349 carloads; and miscellaneous carloads, up 2.2 percent or 535 carloads.

Declines for the period were posted by coal, down 7.6 percent or 29,621 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, down 24 percent or 12,849 carloads; and chemicals, down 3.1 percent or 3,660 carloads.

U.S. railroads originated 1,075,820 containers and trailers in October 2016, down 1.2 percent or 13,096 units in October 2015.

The combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations were 2,142,814, down 3.2 percent or 70,896 carloads and intermodal units from October 2015.

In a statement, AAR Senior Vice President of Policy and Economics John T. Gray said railroads continue to be hindered by an adverse macroeconomic environment.

“Grain is doing well and autos are hanging on, but many other commodity categories that depend on a vibrant industrial sector—things like steel, petroleum products, and crushed stone—are not doing as well as railroads would like,” Gray said. “Hopefully, that changes in the months ahead.”

Total U.S. carload traffic for the first 43 weeks of 2016 was 10,804,210 carloads, down 10 percent or 1,200,705 carloads, while intermodal containers and trailers were 11,159,432 units, down 3 percent or 346,715 containers and trailers when compared to the same period in 2015.

For the first 10 months of 2016, total U.S. rail traffic volume was 21,963,642 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.6 percent or 1,547,420 carloads and intermodal units from the same point last year.

Rail Traffic Down 4.8% in September

October 7, 2016

The Association of American Railroads said this week that carload and intermodal traffic on U.S. railroads fell by 4.8 percent in September when compared with traffic in September 2015.

AARCombined carload and intermodal units were 2,109,578 for the month.

Carload traffic fell 5.4 percent to 1,068,644 units, while intermodal decreased 4.2 percent to 1,040,934 containers and trailers.

“Rail traffic in September was more of what we have come to expect this year: big declines in energy-related products, continued weakness in intermodal and most other export markets, but with some strength in grain,” said John Gray, AAR senior vice president of policy and economics.

Gray said that in many markets railroads are facing significant uncertainties.

“It isn’t helping that rail regulators are seeking to put additional costly regulatory burdens on railroads, too,” he said in statement. “The inefficiencies and unnecessary costs railroads would incur if regulators succeed would make it that much harder for railroads to meet the needs of their customers and to allow the capital investment necessary to adapt their networks to a changing marketplace.”

During September, nine of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR showed gains over September 2015.

They included: grain, up 11.2 percent or 9,860 carloads; waste and nonferrous scrap, up 28.8 percent or 3,725 carloads; and nonmetallic minerals, up 7.5 percent or 1,414 carloads.

Commodities that fell during September included: coal, down 13.1 percent or 53,896 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, down 21.6 percent or 11,810 carloads; and primary metal products, down 9.5 percent or 3,459 carloads.

Excluding coal, carloads were down 1.1 percent or 7,559 carloads in September 2016 from September 2015.