The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in February 2021 was down compared to February 2020. Carloads originated decreased 5.4 percent, from 313,089 in February 2020 to 296,027 in February 2021. 

Coal led gains with a 42.3 percent increase. Grain was up 23.0 percent, and Trailer and Container increased 1.4 percent. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel led declines, down 42.5 percent. Chemicals, Food and Kindred Products, Metals and Products, Waste and Scrap Materials, Nonmetallic Minerals, Lumber and Wood Products, Metallic Ores, Pulp, Paper and Allied Products, Petroleum Products, Stone, Clay and Glass Products, Motor Vehicles and Equipment, Grain Mill Products and Other Carloads were also down in February.

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Carloads originated for 2021 were at 633,233 through February 28, down about 14,000 carloads, or 2.2 percent from 2020.

Railinc publishes this information as a service to the rail industry. The Railinc Short Line and Regional Traffic Index can also be found monthly in Railway Age magazine. For questions or comments, please contact the Railinc Corporate Communications department

February 2021 Short Line Index Graphic