United States rail carload and intermodal volumes were mixed, for the week ending October 10, according to data issued this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Rail carloads—at 230,964—saw a 5.2% annual decline. This trailed the week ending October 3, at 232,273, and topped the week ending September 26, at 224,146.
AAR said that six of the 10 carload commodity groups it track saw annual gains, including: grain, up 6,531 carloads, to 27,434; motor vehicles and parts, up 810 carloads, to 16,103; and miscellaneous carloads, up 655 carloads, to 10,030. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2019 included coal, down 11,610 carloads, to 62,229; nonmetallic minerals, down 5,053 carloads, to 30,479; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 2,438 carloads, to 10,259.