Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has reported an increase of 14.1 percent, or 34,190 carloads, for July 2017 rail traffic compared to July 2016. Carloads totaled 277,140. Same-railroad traffic for July 2017 dropped by 1.5 percent, or 3,585 carloads, to 239,365 carloads when compared to July 2016.
G&W’s North American operations reported an increase in July traffic of 2 percent to 133,822 carloads, including traffic from the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company and the Heart of Georgia Railroad, Inc. acquisitions. Same railroad traffic was down 1 percent, primarily due to decreased agricultural products traffic, partially offset by increased metals and coal & coke traffic.
Same-railroad agricultural products traffic decreased by 20 percent, or 3,795 carloads, primarily due to decreased shipments in G&W’s Mountain West Region due to drought conditions in South Dakota and reduced exports of dried distillers’ grains in G&W’s Pacific Region. Metals traffic was up by 11.5 percent, or 1,067 carloads, due to increased shipments of finished steel and pipe in G&W’s Northeast Region, partially offset by decreased shipments of scrap and pig iron in G&W’s Southern Region.