Rail Freight Volumes Begin to Level Off

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 |  Includes: BNI, CNI, CP, CSX, GWR, KSU, NSC, PRRR, PWX, UNP
by: Wildebeest

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.

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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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