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Freight Traffic Rose 0.7% in September

October 10, 2017

The Association of American Railroads said that U.S. freight carload traffic fell 2.3 percent in September, but intermodal and container traffic posted a 3.8 percent gain.

The means that overall traffic during the month increased by 0.7 percent when compared with September 2016.

For the month, the railroads handled 1.08 million containers and trailers and 1.04 million freight carloads.

Among the commodity categories that AAR tracks, crushed stone, sand, and gravel, were up 8,845 carloads or 9.3 percent; primary metal products, were up 3,877 carloads or 11.8 percent; and metallic ores, were up 3,163 carloads or 13.6 percent.

Commodities posting decline included grain, down 16,329 carloads or 16.7 percent; petroleum and petroleum products, down 7,267 carloads or 17 percent; and motor vehicles and auto parts, down 7,203 carloads or 9.8 percent.

For 2017 to date, U.S. rail traffic is up 3.6 percent compared with where it was at this time last year.

For the year, freight carload traffic is up 3.8 percent while intermodal has risen by 3.5 percent.

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May Rail Traffic up 6.4% AAR Says

June 9, 2017

Rail freight traffic continued to rise in May with U.S. railroads posting a 6.4 percent gain in carloads and intermodal units, the Association of American Railroads said.

Traffic during the month was 2,625,492 carloads and intermodal. The gain was over freight traffic in May 2016.

AAR said that the railroads originated 1,286,075 carloads in May, up 8.4 percent over May 2016 Intermodal container and trailer volume rose 4.6 percent to 1,339,417 units during May compared with a year ago.

“All things considered, May was a good month for rail traffic,” said AAR Senior Vice President John Gray in a news release. “Thirteen of the 20 commodity categories we track had higher carloads in May 2017 than in May 2016, including the four biggest categories — coal, chemicals, crushed stone and sand, and grain.”

Gray said that excluding coal, carloads increased 4.1 percent — the biggest monthly increase in more than two years. He said that May 2017 was “the best intermodal month of the year.

Eleven of the the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month posted gains. These included coal, up 19.6 percent or 64,059 carloads; grain, up 24.5 percent or 22,963 carloads; and crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 15.3 percent or 17,416 carloads.

Commodities that saw declines included petroleum and petroleum products, down 16.5 percent or 9,365 carloads; primary forest products, down 12.1 percent or 742 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, down 3.8 percent or 3,419 carload.

Excluding coal, carloads climbed 4.1 percent, or 35,231 carloads, in May 2017 over May 2016.

For the first five months of 2017, U.S. rail traffic has risen 3.9 percent to 8,787,083 carloads and intermodal units compared with the same period last year.

U.S. Rail Freight Traffic up 5.2% in April

May 5, 2017

U.S. rail freight grew in April, leading some analysts to ask if the rail freight traffic slump is over.

The railroads originated 1,023,300 carloads in April 2017, up 8.4 percent, or 78,949 carloads, over April 2016.

On the intermodal side, railroads originated 1,052,001 containers and trailers in April 2017, up 2.3 percent, or 23,448 units over 2016.

Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in April 2017 were 2,075,301, up 5.2 percent or 102,397 carloads and intermodal units over April 2016.

“U.S. grain car loadings during April 2017 were the highest since 2011, with rail grain deliveries to ports since the first of the year running 19 percent ahead of 2016,” said AAR Senior Vice President of Policy and Economics John T. Gray. “These agricultural exports improve our balance of trade and strengthen the farm economy.”

However, motor vehicle sales fell in April for the second straight month. Gray attributed that to financing companies tightening credit “following the satisfaction of the pent-up demand coming out of the 2009 recession.”

That led to a drop in rail shipments of motor vehicles and parts in April.

“We are hopeful that the upcoming summer buying season will clear dealer inventories and drive up demand for railroads to deliver new vehicles,” Gray said.

In April 2017, 10 of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw carload gains compared with April 2016.

These included: coal, up 26.7 percent or 65,158 carloads; grain, up 18.7 percent or 14,612 carloads; and crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 12.9 percent or 11,777 carloads. Commodities that saw declines in April 2017 from April 2016 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 13.1 percent or 5,929 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, down 9.1 percent or 6,777 carloads; and metallic ores, down 8.4 percent or 2,083 carloads.

Excluding coal, carloads were up 2 percent, or 13,791 carloads, in April 2017, compared with April 2016.

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.