The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in September 2021 was up compared to September 2020. Carloads originated increased 10.0 percent, from 318,931 in September 2020 to 350,770 in September 2021. 

Nonmetallic Minerals led gains again with a 82.3 percent increase. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel was up 36.2 percent, and Waste and Scrap Materials and Metals and Products increased 28.3 and 27.2 percent, respectively. Motor Vehicles and Equipment led declines, down 26.5 percent. Grain was also down in September.

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Carloads originated for 2021 were at 3,333,711 through September 30, up about 482,000 carloads, or 16.9 percent from 2020.

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September 2021 Short Line Index Graphic