Canada Rail Freight Carloads for Week Ended March 24

The following table details the number of freight carloads on major Canadian railroads for the week ended March 24 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      51,772    46,771   10.7%    580,224    544,919    6.5%
 Containers           50,451    45,084   11.9%    563,789    527,293    6.9%
 Trailers              1,321     1,687  -21.7%     16,435     17,626   -6.8%

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Total carloads        77,841    77,547    0.4%    906,628    856,560    5.8%
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                       Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Grain                  8,437     9,164   -7.9%    106,375    100,385    6.0%
Farm, ex-grain         3,593     2,688   33.7%     37,351     33,432   11.7%
Metallic ores         11,325    11,639   -2.7%    145,247    137,694    5.5%
Coal                   8,724     9,247   -5.7%    102,523     87,109   17.7%
Crushed stone          1,914     1,965   -2.6%     21,825     16,823   29.7%
Non-metal minerals     1,627     1,808  -10.0%     18,031     17,768    1.5%
Grain mill products    1,527     1,883  -18.9%     19,259     20,646   -6.7%
Food                   2,377     2,290    3.8%     26,463     25,620    3.3%
Primary forest         1,892     1,503   25.9%     19,171     17,487    9.6%
Lumber                 2,911     2,895    0.6%     32,492     29,010   12.0%
Pulp and paper         3,485     3,870   -9.9%     40,940     44,294   -7.6%
Chemicals             10,895    12,119  -10.1%    122,620    139,694  -12.2%
Petroleum Prod.        4,751     4,378    8.5%     63,576     54,925   15.8%
Stone, Clay, Glass     1,468     1,144   28.3%     16,410     13,649   20.2%
Coke                     675       479   40.9%      5,470      3,987   37.2%
Metals                 2,483     2,397    3.6%     27,826     24,645   12.9%
Motor vehicles         6,281     5,610   12.0%     67,796     60,479   12.1%
Iron & Steel Scrap     1,142       936   22.0%     12,984     10,789   20.3%
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                       Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Waste/nonferrous         565       295   91.5%      6,093      3,450   76.6%
All others             1,769     1,237   43.0%     14,176     14,674   -3.4%
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NOTE: Includes Canadian Railroads transborder operations in the U.S.

SOURCE: Association of American Railroads,

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