North American Rail Freight Carloads for Feb. 4

The following table details the number of freight carloads on major North American railroads for the week ended Feb. 4 compared with the same week a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Raw goods including coal, lumber, and grain account for most carloads. For that reason, intermodal traffic -- truck trailers and multi-use containers hauled by rail, representing mainly finished goods, is reported separately.

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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Intermodal total      293,151   251,339   16.6%  1,390,511  1,321,698    5.2%
 Containers           260,482   218,201   19.4%  1,233,411  1,157,383    6.6%
 Trailers              32,669    33,138   -1.4%    157,100    164,315   -4.4%

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Total carloads        374,923   349,185    7.4%  1,859,489  1,829,997    1.6%
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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Grain                  30,829    30,912   -0.3%    152,068    167,196   -9.0%
Farm, ex-grain          4,379     3,779   15.9%     21,631     20,298    6.6%
Metallic ores          19,799    15,253   29.8%    103,667     92,782   11.7%
Coal                  128,165   132,435   -3.2%    672,365    681,908   -1.4%
Crushed stone          17,830    13,093   36.2%     86,655     73,603   17.7%
Non-metal minerals      6,460     6,051    6.8%     29,351     29,918   -1.9%
Grain mill products    11,245    11,175    0.6%     56,147     58,462   -4.0%
Food                    9,648     9,236    4.5%     47,502     46,911    1.3%
Primary forest          3,183     2,976    7.0%     15,103     14,871    1.6%
Lumber                  5,688     4,721   20.5%     26,801     23,934   12.0%
Pulp and paper         10,045     9,464    6.1%     48,077     48,709   -1.3%
Chemicals              43,530    40,960    6.3%    203,649    211,139   -3.5%
Petroleum Prod.        13,840    11,504   20.3%     69,422     59,277   17.1%
Stone, Clay, Glass     10,073     8,549   17.8%     47,527     43,575    9.1%
Coke                    4,246     3,647   16.4%     21,377     19,720    8.4%
Metals                 14,734    12,701   16.0%     71,172     68,029    4.6%
Motor vehicles         25,391    18,781   35.2%    108,533     93,827   15.7%
Iron & Steel Scrap      6,032     5,104   18.2%     31,619     30,039    5.3%
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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Waste/nonferrous        3,569     3,048   17.1%     17,515     16,171    8.3%
All others              6,237     5,796    7.6%     29,308     29,628   -1.1%
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NOTE: Major, or Class 1, railroads include Burlington Northern- Santa
Fe, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific.
U.S. subsidiaries of Canadian railroads -- Canadian National and
Canadian Pacific -- are counted separately.

SOURCE: Association of American Railroads,

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