Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has reported an increase of 27.4 percent, or 59,837 carloads, for January 2017 compared to January 2016. Carloads totaled 278,268 for the month. Same carload traffic for January 2017 was 240,801 carloads, up 10.2 percent, or 22,370 carloads, compared with January 2016.
G&W’s North American operations reported an increase in January traffic of 11.4 percent to 138,551 carloads, including traffic from the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company (P&W) acquisition, which closed on November 1, 2016. January same carload traffic was up 9.1 percent, or 11,336 carloads, to 135,752 carloads.
The increase in same carload North American railroad traffic was primarily due to an increase of 21.8 percent, or 4,008 carloads, of utility coal in G&W’s Midwest Region. Agricultural products traffic increased 12.3 percent, or 2,164 carloads, which was mostly due to increased shipments in G&W’s Central, Mountain West and Midwest regions. Minerals & stone traffic was up 16.5 percent, or 2,127 carloads, due to increased shipments of rock salt in G&W’s Northeast Region.
G&W’s North American Operations serve 41 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces and include 115 short line and regional freight railroads with more than 13,000 track-miles.