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North American Rail Freight Carloads for March 17

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March 22 (Bloomberg) -- 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,

To contact the reporter on this story: Ainhoa Goyeneche in Washington at agoyenechecu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Marco Babic at mbabic@bloomberg.net

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