Rail shipments through 35 weeks of 2011 at 337,268 carloads was up 4.8% from the same period of 2010.
US pulp and paper freight in the week was up 0.4%, Canada dropped 10.3% and Mexico was off 16.3%.
North American lumber and wood products rail volume for the week at 5,607 carloads was 22.7% higher and year-to-date at 184,096 units was up 8% over 2010.
Primary forest products volumes were up 2.4% in the week and down 5.1% year-to-date.
AAR showed total North American rail traffic up 0.5% in the week and 2.1% higher year-to-date.