WEEKLY RAIL FREIGHT REPORT

WEEKLY RAIL FREIGHT REPORT

For the week ended Feb. 20 total piggyback freight hauled on the nation's major railroads equaled 100,607 trailers and containers, 6.5 percent above the same period in 1987.

The Association of American Railroads, which provides data for the following chart, also reports that cumulative piggyback traffic, totaling 705,934 trailers and containers, rose 5.9 percent from 1987.Loadings in Change from Change

from

Week ended Corresponding Preceding

Feb. 27, 1988 Week 1987 Week

Cars Percent Percent

Grain 34,398 29.5 5.4

Other farm products 3,223 -1.9 -17.8

Metallic ores 14,423 -1.0 20.9

Coal 121,427 13.2 3.5

Crushed stone, gravel

and sand 12,789 24.2 -0.3

Non-metallic minerals 10,369 14.3 3.2

Grain mill products 10,970 -4.0 4.7

Food and kindred products 11,754 5.0 0.6

Primary forest products 10,766 5.6 4.2

Lumber and wood products

except furniture 8,698 -2.5 11.1

Pulp, paper and allied products 12,207 -9.9 -2.3

Chemicals and allied products 28,318 -3.9 6.0

Petroleum products 5,012 5.4 4.6

Stone, clay and glass products 10,494 13.9 11.2

Coke 5,720 36.5 -2.0

Metals and products 12,124 38.5 14.5

Motor vehicles and equipment 20,129 -9.4 -1.0

Waste and scrap materials 10,052 14.3 4.0

Forwarder and shipper

association traffic 2,598 -12.5 3.1

All other carloads 82,635 8.8 6.4

LCL traffic - - -

Total Cars Loaded 428,106 9.0 4.8

Corresponding week of 1987 392,588

1988 1987 percent Change

Total Cars Loaded (8 weeks) 3,264,923 3,083,012 5.9

Estimated revenue ton-miles

(in billions):

7 weeks ended Feb. 20 128.1 121.1 5.8

Week ended Feb. 27 19.3 17.5 10.3

8 weeks cumulative 147.4 138.6 6.4