Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has reported a decrease of 5.4 percent, or 14,454 carloads, for April 2019 rail traffic compared to April 2018. Carloads totaled 255,647. Same-railroad traffic for April 2019 was down by 0.3 percent when compared to April 2018. This excluded carloads from the company’s former Continental European intermodal business (ERS), which was sold in June 2018, and short line lease expirations in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2018.
G&W’s North American operations reported an increase in April traffic of 2.9 percent to 139,903 carloads. North American same railroad traffic, excluding short line lease expirations in Canada, was up by 4.8 percent compared to the same month last year, primarily due to increased agricultural products, minerals & stone and chemicals & plastics traffic, partially offset by decreased coal & coke traffic.