Carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 12.6% from last year, but down 14.9% from 2008. In the West, carload volume was up 9.1% from last year but down 6.9% from two years ago.
US pulp and paper rail freight at 5,451 carloads for the week ending June 12 was down 7.5% and through 23 weeks of 2010 at 126,134 carloads was 3.5% lower than in 2009. Canadian pulp and paper freight for the week at 3,325 carloads was down 3.2% and year-to-date at 78,751 carloads was 1.4% lower. Mexican volume was down 30.3% and 44% respectively.
Combined North American wood products and lumber freight for the week at 4,796 carloads was up 6.6% and year-to-date at 111,483 carloads was 11% higher than in 2009. North American primary forest products volumes was higher by 16% and 11.9%, AAR showed.