Rail carloads—at 232,116—fell 4.2% annually, trailing the weeks ending February 1 and January 25, at 241,339 and 232,217, respectively.
AAR said that five of the ten carload commodity groups it tracks saw annual gains, including: miscellaneous carloads, up 2,404 carloads, to 10,900; farm products excl. grain, and food, up 1,205 carloads, to 16,256; and chemicals, up 887 carloads, to 32,670. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2019 included coal, down 10,686 carloads, to 64,996; nonmetallic minerals, down 2,794 carloads, to 28,354; and motor vehicles and parts, down 694 carloads, to 16,376.
Intermodal containers and trailers—at 252,213 units—were off 8.8% annually, trailing the weeks ending February 1 and January 25, at 268,822 and 252,965, respectively.
Through the first six weeks of 2020, U.S. rail carloads—at 1,397,849—are down 5.6% annually, and intermodal units—at 1,498,293—are down 6%.
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