Two weeks ago, our article on rail freight numbers was titled "Rail Freight Volumes Begin to Level Off." The conclusion about a leveling off of freight drew some criticism from commenter's who saw things differently, but this week the Association of American Railroads [AAR] lead its weekly press release with:
The Association of American Railroads today reported that rail traffic has leveled off after twelve consecutive weeks of gains.
What we've been seeing in recent weeks is year-on-year gains on weak 2009 numbers but insufficient growth in the freight traffic to reach pre-crash volumes.
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. The same color coding used in the first two charts above applies: black -- 2007; orange -- 2008; green -- 2009; blue -- 2010. Please click on the image to enlarge it.
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