AAR reported mixed results in weekly rail traffic on US railroads, with carloads down 2.1% and intermodal volume up 6.3% compared with the same week last year. Issues affecting the weekly figures include severe weather across a large portion of the Midwest and Southeastern US, as well as a non-holiday week in the 2010 comparison week.
North American pulp and paper rail freight for the week at 9,921 carloads was up 10.6% from a year earlier, and through 16 weeks of 2011 at 155,475 carloads was 8.7% higher than 2010.
Weekly pulp and paper freight was up 7.9% in the US, 15.5% higher in Canada, and 29.2% lower in Mexico, AAR showed.
North American lumber and wood products freight in the week at 5,318 carloads was down 7.7% and year-to-date at 82,182 carloads was 6.5% higher than last year.
Primary forest products were down 11.9% and 6.4% respectively.