WEEKLY RAIL FREIGHT REPORT

WEEKLY RAIL FREIGHT REPORT

For the week ended April 16 total piggyback freight hauled on the nation's major railroads equaled 108,642 trailers and containers, 7.6 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 for the first 15 weeks of the year totaled 1,609,159 trailers and containers, up 5.0 percent

from 1987.Loadings in Change from Change

from

Week ended Corresponding Preceding

April 23, 1988 Week 1987 Week

Cars Percent Percent

Grain 32,723 28.4 -2.8

Other farm products 3,506 -2.7 -4.5

Metallic ores 19,803 33.0 7.4

Coal 118,610 8.6 -2.1

Crushed stone, gravel

and sand 17,360 6.2 3.1

Non-metallic minerals 10,773 6.2 2.1

Grain mill products 11,148 5.9 1.8

Food and kindred products 11,366 3.3 2.3

Primary forest products 9,364 -15.1 -5.3

Lumber and wood products

except furniture 8,184 -5.6 0.9

Pulp, paper and allied products 12,031 4.8 -2.1

Chemicals and allied products 28,890 0.9 -1.7

Petroleum products 4,913 -1.2 2.0

Stone, clay and glass products 11,492 3.8 -4.8

Coke 5,848 13.0 -6.9

Metals and products 11,234 23.8 2.3

Motor vehicles and equipment 22,639 19.9 1.0

Waste and scrap materials 10,054 23.4 0.8

Forwarder and shipper

association traffic 2,649 7.6 3.6

All other carloads 78,995 6.4 -0.7

LCL traffic - - -

Total Cars Loaded 431,582 8.9 -0.7

Corresponding week of 1987 396,201

1988 1987 percent Change

Total Cars Loaded (16 weeks) 6,658,248 6,251,692 6.5

Estimated revenue ton-miles

(in billions):

15 weeks ended April 16 279.4 260.8 7.1

Week ended April23 19.3 17.5 10.6

16 weeks cumulative 298.7 278.3 7.3