The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads increased slightly, with a two percent increase in year-to-year comparisons.  Total carloads were up from 382,303 in October 2012 to 390,703 in October 2013.


The largest gains were observed in metallic ores and nonmetallic minerals, up 92 percent and 82 percent, respectively.  Commodities experiencing the most significant declines were all other carloads and coal, down 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively. (Click here to download this file as an Excel table.)


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