US railroads also originated 286,665 carloads during the week ended May 29, up 21.9% from the comparable week in 2009, but down 8.9% from 2008. All 19 carload commodities increased from the comparable week in 2009 and three groups posted increases over 2008 levels.
Carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 41.1% from last year, but down 10.9% from 2008. In the West, carload volume was up 11.1% from last year but down 7.5% from two years ago.
For the first 21 weeks of 2010, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 5.923 million carloads, up 7.2% from 2009, but down 13.5% from 2008.
Canadian railroads reported volume of 70,699 cars for the week, up 29.7% from last year. For 21 weeks of 2010, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1.522 million carloads, up 21% from last year.
US pulp and paper rail volume for the week at 6,062 carloads was 5.2% higher than in 2009 and year-to-date at 114,763 carloads was 3.5% lower, AAR showed. Canadian pulp and paper freight was down 2.8% and 1.2% respectively, and combined North American freight was up 2% for the week and down 2.9% year-to-date.
North American lumber and wood products freight for the week at 4,459 carloads was up 4.7% and for 21 weeks at 102,242 was 11.6% higher.