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North American Rail Freight Carloads for Feb. 25

March 01, 2012

The following table details the number of freight carloads on major North American railroads for the week ended Feb. 25 compared with the same week a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Raw goods including coal, lumber, and grain account for most carloads. For that reason, intermodal traffic -- truck trailers and multi-use containers hauled by rail, representing mainly finished goods, is reported separately.

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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Intermodal total      269,202   275,189   -2.2%  2,231,052  2,169,488    2.8%
 Containers           238,106   240,651   -1.1%  1,980,500  1,898,727    4.3%
 Trailers              31,096    34,538  -10.0%    250,552    270,761   -7.5%

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Total carloads        372,328   382,918   -2.8%  2,976,832  2,956,249    0.7%
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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Grain                  30,238    33,017   -8.4%    245,634    264,775   -7.2%
Farm, ex-grain          3,628     3,676   -1.3%     33,462     31,425    6.5%
Metallic ores          18,213    16,500   10.4%    159,849    143,961   11.0%
Coal                  127,702   144,599  -11.7%  1,057,448  1,104,783   -4.3%
Crushed stone          17,721    17,212    3.0%    138,242    120,493   14.7%
Non-metal minerals      5,513     6,025   -8.5%     45,957     48,302   -4.9%
Grain mill products    11,586    11,604   -0.2%     90,368     93,453   -3.3%
Food                    9,734    10,000   -2.7%     76,858     76,444    0.5%
Primary forest          3,175     3,122    1.7%     24,741     24,266    2.0%
Lumber                  5,877     5,282   11.3%     44,571     39,200   13.7%
Pulp and paper          9,450     9,982   -5.3%     76,966     77,923   -1.2%
Chemicals              41,529    44,332   -6.3%    328,431    341,145   -3.7%
Petroleum Prod.        13,875    11,525   20.4%    111,708     94,450   18.3%
Stone, Clay, Glass     10,197     9,852    3.5%     78,153     71,955    8.6%
Coke                    4,276     4,348   -1.7%     34,678     32,424    7.0%
Metals                 16,858    14,434   16.8%    117,366    108,606    8.1%
Motor vehicles         26,276    21,036   24.9%    186,151    159,413   16.8%
Iron & Steel Scrap      6,221     6,612   -5.9%     50,710     48,956    3.6%
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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Waste/nonferrous        3,518     3,431    2.5%     27,709     26,614    4.1%
All others              6,741     6,329    6.5%     47,830     47,661    0.4%
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NOTE: Major, or Class 1, railroads include Burlington Northern- Santa
Fe, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific.
U.S. subsidiaries of Canadian railroads -- Canadian National and
Canadian Pacific -- are counted separately.

SOURCE: Association of American Railroads,

To contact the reporter on this story: Ainhoa Goyeneche in Washington at agoyenechecu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Marco Babic at mbabic@bloomberg.net


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