Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has reported an increase of 13.2 percent, or 30,468 carloads, for April 2017 rail traffic compared to April 2016. Carloads totaled 260,440. Same-railroad traffic for April 2017 was down by 2.1 percent, or 4,740 carloads, to 225,232 carloads when compared to April 2016.
G&W’s North American operations reported an increase in April traffic of 3.4 percent to 129,087 carloads, including traffic from the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company (P&W) acquisition, which closed on November 1, 2016. Same railroad traffic was up 0.8 percent, primarily due to increased agricultural products and coal & coke traffic, partially offset by decreased traffic in chemicals & plastics.
North American same-railroad traffic saw an increase in agricultural products of 11.9 percent, or 1,839 carloads, primarily due to increased grain shipments in G&W’s Mountain West, Central and Pacific regions.
Same-railroad coal & coke traffic increased by 10.6 percent, or 1,568 carloads, primarily due to increased shipments of utility coal in G&W’s Midwest region, partially offset by decreased shipments in G&W’s Central Region. Chemicals & plastics dropped 8 percent, or 1,259 carloads, primarily due to decreased shipments of fertilizers and ethanol in G&W’s Midwest Region.
Other commodity group traffic for North American same-railroads dropped by a net 1,123 carloads.