The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in August 2021 was up compared to August 2020. Carloads originated increased 50.7 percent, from 335,004 in August 2020 to 504,784 in August 2021. 

Nonmetallic Minerals led gains with a 120.4 percent increase. Petroleum Products was up 106.5 percent, and Trailer and Container and Chemicals increased 100.8 and 82.0 percent, respectively. Grain led declines, down 11.2 percent. Motor Vehicles and Equipment was also down in August.

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Carloads originated for 2021 were at 2,982,941 through August 31, up about 450,000 carloads, or 17.8 percent from 2020.

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August 2021 Short Line Index Graphic