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North American Rail Freight Carloads for March 10

March 15, 2012

The following table details the number of freight carloads on major North American railroads for the week ended March 10 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      283,078   265,647    6.6%  2,795,911  2,700,315    3.5%
 Containers           250,979   230,608    8.8%  2,481,039  2,358,962    5.2%
 Trailers              32,099    35,039   -8.4%    314,872    341,353   -7.8%

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Total carloads        367,773   378,648   -2.9%  3,718,135  3,721,513   -0.1%
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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Grain                  30,848    32,298   -4.5%    309,019    328,715   -6.0%
Farm, ex-grain          3,800     3,938   -3.5%     41,261     39,210    5.2%
Metallic ores          17,054    17,709   -3.7%    194,027    180,395    7.6%
Coal                  123,722   138,831  -10.9%  1,304,446  1,388,765   -6.1%
Crushed stone          18,969    17,609    7.7%    175,772    156,237   12.5%
Non-metal minerals      5,731     5,982   -4.2%     57,773     60,409   -4.4%
Grain mill products    10,940    11,242   -2.7%    112,792    116,288   -3.0%
Food                   10,306     9,714    6.1%     96,649     95,761    0.9%
Primary forest          3,264     3,000    8.8%     31,296     30,275    3.4%
Lumber                  5,918     5,474    8.1%     56,620     49,839   13.6%
Pulp and paper          9,467     9,655   -1.9%     96,039     97,468   -1.5%
Chemicals              41,733    43,816   -4.8%    414,178    429,474   -3.6%
Petroleum Prod.        15,222    11,519   32.1%    141,209    117,636   20.0%
Stone, Clay, Glass     10,513    10,096    4.1%     99,642     91,937    8.4%
Coke                    4,070     4,380   -7.1%     42,779     40,805    4.8%
Metals                 13,996    13,731    1.9%    147,668    136,110    8.5%
Motor vehicles         26,522    23,174   14.4%    239,152    206,915   15.6%
Iron & Steel Scrap      5,881     6,056   -2.9%     62,341     60,556    2.9%
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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Waste/nonferrous        3,451     3,394    1.7%     34,957     33,504    4.3%
All others              6,366     7,030   -9.4%     60,515     61,214   -1.1%
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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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