WEEKLY RAIL FREIGHT REPORT

WEEKLY RAIL FREIGHT REPORT

For the week ended April 23 total piggyback freight hauled on the nation's major railroads equaled 107,419 trailers and containers, 6.6 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 16 weeks of the year totaled 1,714,058 trailers and containers, up 5.1 percent

from 1987.Loadings in Change from Change

from

Week ended Corresponding Preceding

April 30, 1988 Week 1987 Week

Cars Percent Percent

Grain 31,771 31.7 -2.9

Other farm products 3,265 -14.8 -6.9

Metallic ores 19,792 16.9 -0.06

Coal 121,738 7.6 2.6

Crushed stone, gravel

and sand 16,939 1.3 -2.4

Non-metallic minerals 11,182 10.8 3.8

Grain mill products 11,131 2.5 -0.2

Food and kindred products 10,942 -1.9 -3.7

Primary forest products 9,739 -11.4 4.0

Lumber and wood products

except furniture 9,103 2.2 11.2

Pulp, paper and allied products 12,646 -1.0 5.1

Chemicals and allied products 27,298 -4.1 -5.5

Petroleum products 5,342 13.6 8.7

Stone, clay and glass products 11,353 -0.4 -1.2

Coke 6,257 20.4 7.0

Metals and products 11,861 17.2 5.6

Motor vehicles and equipment 22,328 6.1 -1.4

Waste and scrap materials 10,381 19.7 3.3

Forwarder and shipper

association traffic 2,726 4.1 2.9

All other carloads 81,584 3.7 3.3

LCL traffic - - -

Total Cars Loaded 437,378 6.6 1.3

Corresponding week of 1987 410,381

1988 1987 percent Change

Total Cars Loaded (17 weeks) 7,095,626 6,662,073 6.5

Estimated revenue ton-miles

(in billions):

16 weeks ended April 23 298.7 278.3 7.3

Week ended April30 19.4 18.0 8.0

17 weeks cumulative 318.1 296.3 7.4