The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in April 2022 was up compared to April 2021. Carloads originated increased 1.7 percent, from 355,874 in April 2021 to 361,793 in April 2022. 

Metals and Products led gains with a 17.3 percent increase. Petroleum Products was up 16 percent, and Nonmetallic Minerals and Food and Kindred Products increased 12 and 11.5 percent respectively. Motor Vehicles and Equipment led declines, down 12.4 percent. Chemicals, Metallic Ores, Trailer or Container and Other Carloads were also down in April.

Click here to download the Carloads by Commodity table as an Excel file.

Carloads originated for 2022 were at 1,377,655 through April 30, up about 36,000 carloads, or 2.7 percent from 2021.

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

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