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Rail traffic increases

Published by Steve Coleman on January 25, 2012

More goods rode the rails, year-over-year, in November.

Canadian rail freight traffic was up a reported 8.9 per cent from both domestic and international traffic over the year to 27.1 million tonnes.

Freight loads grew 7.8 per cent to 24.2 million tonnes during the period. Grain shipments were the largest reason for the boost. Wheat, colza seeds (canola) and lumber made up the bulk of non-intermodal cargo loads.

The number of containers and trailers put on flat cars was up 6 per cent to 2.4 million tonnes. Containerized cargo shipments made up the vast majority of that increase as the number of trailers loaded onto flat cars fell during the period, Statistics Canada says.

At an international level, traffic received from the United States experienced a strong 19.5% gain to 2.8 million tonnes. The increase was driven by both non-intermodal and intermodal traffic.

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