Rail car loadings up 4.5 percent
The concern over the availability of rail service has the federal government tracking the railroads more closely. The latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that for the first ten months of the year, railcar loadings of all commodities are up 4.5 percent compared to the same period in 2013. Loadings of grain are up 15 percent and petroleum product loadings are up 13 percent year-to-date.
Coal is by far the largest commodity hauled by rail. The Association of American Railroads reports from January through October there were 4.9 million carloadings. In the same period there were 878,824 carloadings of grain and 672,118 carloadings of oil and petroleum products.
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