US railroads originated 295,718 carloads during the week ended May 1, up 16.3% from the comparable week in 2009. However, volume was still down 11.6% from 2008.
Total North American pulp and paper rail volume for the week at 8,916 carloads was up 1.7% and through 17 weeks of 2010 at 151,982 carloads was down 3.8% from last year.
Lumber and wood products freight at 5,487 carloads for the latest week was 12.8% higher and year-to-date at 82,365 carloads was up 11.1%.
Primary forest products freight was higher by 10% and 12.1% respectively.