Rail carloads, at 248,905, fell 5.1% compared to the same week last year, topping the weeks ending November 2 and October 26, at 245,319 and 243,321, respectively.
AAR reported that only one of the ten carload commodity groups it tracks-grain, which was up 342 carloads to 21,855-saw an annual gain. Coal was down 9,577 carloads, to 75,180; miscellaneous carloads, down 843 carloads, to 10,944; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 741 carloads, to 12,617.
Intermodal containers and trailers, at 266,364, slipped 6.7% annually. This was ahead of the week ending November 2 at 264,693, and below the week ending October 26 at 269,826.
Through the first 46 weeks of 2019, U.S. rail carloads, at 11,337,628, are off 4.3%, and intermodal units, at 11,988,234, are off 4.6%.
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