North American Rail Freight Carloads for March 17

The following table details the number of freight carloads on major North American railroads for the week ended March 17 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      282,819   276,589    2.3%  3,078,730  2,976,904    3.4%
 Containers           251,641   241,321    4.3%  2,732,680  2,600,283    5.1%
 Trailers              31,178    35,268  -11.6%    346,050    376,621   -8.1%

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Total carloads        370,903   384,168   -3.5%  4,089,038  4,105,681   -0.4%
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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Grain                  30,494    33,480   -8.9%    339,513    362,195   -6.3%
Farm, ex-grain          4,153     4,169   -0.4%     45,414     43,379    4.7%
Metallic ores          17,755    16,509    7.5%    211,782    196,904    7.6%
Coal                  121,486   142,091  -14.5%  1,425,932  1,530,856   -6.9%
Crushed stone          19,051    18,838    1.1%    194,823    175,075   11.3%
Non-metal minerals      6,097     6,194   -1.6%     63,870     66,603   -4.1%
Grain mill products    11,031    11,802   -6.5%    123,823    128,090   -3.3%
Food                    9,971    10,033   -0.6%    106,620    105,794    0.8%
Primary forest          3,062     2,960    3.4%     34,358     33,235    3.4%
Lumber                  5,994     5,638    6.3%     62,614     55,477   12.9%
Pulp and paper          9,383     9,220    1.8%    105,422    106,688   -1.2%
Chemicals              42,021    44,698   -6.0%    456,199    474,172   -3.8%
Petroleum Prod.        15,228    11,684   30.3%    156,437    129,320   21.0%
Stone, Clay, Glass     11,291    10,143   11.3%    110,933    102,080    8.7%
Coke                    4,551     4,229    7.6%     47,330     45,034    5.1%
Metals                 15,096    13,973    8.0%    162,764    150,083    8.4%
Motor vehicles         27,171    23,036   18.0%    266,323    229,951   15.8%
Iron & Steel Scrap      6,942     6,102   13.8%     69,283     66,658    3.9%
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                        Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Waste/nonferrous        3,865     3,635    6.3%     38,822     37,139    4.5%
All others              6,261     5,734    9.2%     66,776     66,948   -0.3%
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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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