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FREIGHT TRAFFIC ON NATION'S RAILROADS SET RECORDS IN 1992

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Freight traffic on the nation's railroads set records in two key categories during 1992, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported today.
 The AAR reported records were set for total intermodal traffic -- 6,709,732 trailers and containers, up 7.4 percent from the previous record set in 1991; and ton-mileage, which was estimated at 1,065.4 billion, up 2.6 percent from the record set in 1991.
 The AAR also reported total carloadings for 1992 of 16,866,164, up 1.1 percent from 1991. Sixteen of 19 commodity groups showed increases over 52-week 1991 totals. Intermodal volume is not included in carloadings.
 "Particularly encouraging -- especially in light of the sluggish economy -- is the strong growth shown in both intermodal (up 7.4 percent) and automotive traffic (up 14.5 percent)," said Dr. Harvey A. Levine, vice president of the AAR's Economics and Finance Department.
 "These are both product lines that are highly competitive and require high quality service. The industry's strong growth in these key areas would seem to indicate that our quality programs are finding favor with the nation's shippers," Levine said.
 For the week ended Dec. 26, carloadings totaled 245,881, up 6.2 percent from the comparable week a year earlier, with loadings up 17.4 percent in the East but down 2.5 percent in the West. Intermodal volume rose 9.5 percent, totaling 92,739 trailers and containers. Ton-mileage was estimated at 15.9 billion, up 9.7 percent from 1991.
 Levine noted that while 1992 contained 53 weeks for reporting purposes -- a calendar quirk that appears periodically -- the data were adjusted to assure 52-week comparability of records.
 Not included in the 52-week totals was the aberrant 53rd week, which ended Jan. 2. For that week, the AAR reported carloadings totaled 253,267, down 2.9 percent from the comparable period 52 weeks earlier, with traffic down 1.4 percent in the East and 4.3 percent in the West. Intermodal traffic totaled 92,576 trailers and containers, up 4.1 percent. Total traffic was estimated at 16.3 billion ton- miles, down 1.8 percent.
 Railroads reporting to AAR account for 94 percent of rail carloadings and 97 percent of intermodal traffic.
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 /CONTACT: Association of American Railroads, Communications Department, 202-639-2555, or fax, 202-639-2558/


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