Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has reported an increase of 18.2 percent, or 42,307 carloads, for May 2017 rail traffic compared to May 2016. Carloads totaled 275,054. Same-railroad traffic for May 2017 was up by 2.2 percent, or 5,198 carloads, to 237,945 carloads when compared to May 2016.
G&W’s North American operations reported an increase in May traffic of 1.8 percent to 132,306 carloads, including traffic from the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company (P&W) acquisition, which closed on November 1, 2016. Same railroad traffic was down 1.1 percent, primarily due to decreased coal & coke, metals and petroleum products traffic, partially offset by increased minerals & stone and agricultural products traffic.
Same-railroad petroleum products traffic decreased by 13.9 percent, or 1,257 carloads, primarily due to decreased shipments of liquid petroleum gases and natural gas liquids in G&W’s Mountain West and Northeast regions. Coal & coke dropped 13.6 percent, or 1,990 carloads, due to decreased shipments of utility coal in G&W’s Central Region resulting from a planned maintenance outage at a customer facility, partially offset by increased shipments in G&W’s Midwest Region.