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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) released the latest weekly rail freight traffic report today:

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. 26, 2010 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported rail intermodal volume on US railroads for the week ending August 21, 2010 set a new 2010 record for the second consecutive week, with 236,404 total trailers and containers, up 22.4 percent from the same week in 2009, and up 2.6 percent compared with 2008. Weekly container volume, a subset of intermodal, was the highest on record, also for the second consecutive week, up 24.2 percent compared with the same week in 2009, and up 11.5 percent with the same week in 2008. Trailer volume, the other subset of intermodal, rose 12.4 percent last week compared with the same week in 2009, but fell 30.5 percent compared with 2008

The following charts show intermodal and carloads rail freight volumes since 2007:

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52-Week Moving Averages: Containers, Trailers and Carloads



Intermodal Categories

The intermodal data is divided by the AAR into 2 categories: Trailers and Containers. Below are the charts for these two categories. The same color coding used in the first two charts above applies: black -- 2007; orange -- 2008; green -- 2009; blue -- 2010.


Carload Categories

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.



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Source: Weekly Rail Freight Sets New 2010 Record