The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads decreased by 5 percent in year-to-year comparisons. Total carloads were down from 381,609 in October 2014 to 362,018 in October 2015.


Grain mill products led commodity gains with a 6 percent increase, followed by chemicals and grain, up 3 percent each. The most significant declines were observed in metallic ores, down 56 percent, followed by metals and products, along with motor vehicles and equipment, down 26 percent and 12 percent respectively. (Click here to download this file as an Excel table).


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