The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads decreased slightly, with a three percent decrease in year-to-year comparisons. Total carloads were down from 362,843 in January 2013 to 352,829 in January 2014.

The largest gains were observed in nonmetallic minerals, up 135 percent and metallic ores, up 110 percent. Commodities experiencing the most significant declines were all other carloads and trailer or container, down 41 percent and 13 percent, respectively. (Click here to download this file as an Excel table.)

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