US railroads originated 288,114 carloads during the week ended May 22, up 10.6% from the comparable week in 2009, but down 12.4% from 2008.
US pulp and paper rail traffic in the week at 5,362 carloads was 3.1% lower and through 20 weeks of 2010 at 108,701 carloads was down 4%.Read more
Philadelphia's Forest Products Distribution Center now encompasses Piers 78/78a, Piers 80/80a, Piers 38/40, and, now, Pier 74a. The new warehouse opened May 10.Read more
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 16.3% from last year, but down 20.1% from 2008. In the West, carload volume was up 13.7% from last year but down 9.1% from two years ago.Read more
In the Western US, carloads were up 22.3% compared with the same week last year, but down 10.4% compared with 2008. In the Eastern US, carloads were up 9.1% compared with 2009, but down 13.4% from 2008.
North American pulp and paper freight in the week at 8,682 carloads was down 5.6% from 2009 and cumulative through 12 weeks at 106,614 carloads was 5.7% lower, AAR showed.Read more
AAR noted the latest week was the fourth straight week of freight gains on US railroads, up 4.3% from the same week of 2009 although 10.7% lower than in 2008.
US pulp and paper volumes in the week were down 6.1% while Canada showed a 6.7% increase.Read more
The comparison week from last year was affected by the Chinese New Year, which has a significant impact on container volume, AAR noted.Read more
Lumber and wood products freight at 4,584 carloads in the week was 7.7% higher and primary forest products at 3,125 carloads was up 7.5%.
Through seven weeks of 2010, North American pulp and paper freight at 62,207 carloads was 7.4% lower than in 2009, lumber and wood products were 4.7% higher, and primary forest products was up 0.6%.Read more