reports July 2011 monthly carloads
RailAmerica, Inc. reported that its total
freight carloads for the month ended July 31, 2011 were 68,727,
down 6.8 percent from 73,739 in July 2010. Lower coal shipments
were the main reason for the decline. Excluding coal, carloads
were down 1.2 percent.
RailAmerica had increased shipments in July
2011 in 5 out of 12 commodity groups compared to July 2010.
The largest increases were in chemicals and
other. Chemicals were up due to higher shipments in the Northeast,
Central and Southeast regions. Other was stronger due to increased
shipments in the West, Midwest and Southeast regions. The largest
declines were in coal, agricultural products and petroleum. Coal
carloads primarily reflect decreased shipments in the Central
region and source shifts at the Indiana Southern Railroad. Agricultural
carloads were down primarily due to fewer shipments in the Midwest
and Central regions. Petroleum volumes were down primarily due
to decreased carloads in the West and Northeast regions.
July 2011 carloads include 434 carloads from
the acquisition of three railroads in Alabama. On a “same railroad”
basis, carloads declined 7.4 percent.