The Association of American Railroads [AAR] released data for week 18, 2010 on Thursday. Data from the recent releases indicates a degree of leveling off in volumes. Perhaps this indicates a new normal at levels somewhere between the 2009 levels and pre-recession levels.
The following charts show intermodal and carloads freight volumes since 2007, along with a 52 week moving average.
Note that the container movements at ports are correlated to intermodal freight as shown here.
The carload data is divided by the AAR into 18 specific categories (plus a 19th called "other"). Below are the charts for each of the 18 individual categories.
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