Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 687,516 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.6 per cent. North American rail volume for the first 29 weeks of 2021 was 20,180,555 carloads and intermodal units, up 11.2 per cent compared with 2020.
Total carloads in the US for that week were 230,095 carloads, up 7.1 per cent compared with the same week in 2020, while US weekly intermodal volume was 273,124 containers and trailers, up 2.6 per cent compared to 2020.
Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2020. They included coal, up 8,411 carloads to 65,945; metallic ores and metals, up 7,662 carloads to 23,124; and nonmetallic minerals, up 2,162 carloads to 33,115.
Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2020 were motor vehicles and parts, down 4,390 carloads to 10,765; farm products excluding grain, and food, down 1,722 carloads to 14,679; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 309 carloads to 10,530.
Canadian railways reported 75,240 carloads for the week, up 3.3 per cent, and 71,170 intermodal units, up 0.8 per cent compared with the same week in 2020.
For the first 29 weeks of 2021, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,318,114 carloads, containers and trailers, up 7.4 per cent.
Mexican railways reported 21,750 carloads for the week, up 15.7 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 16,137 intermodal units, up 14.4 per cent.
Cumulative volume on Mexican railways for the first 29 weeks of 2021 was 1,059,550 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 6.4 per cent from the same point last year.