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Summary of North American Rail Freight Traffic
This chart summarizes rail traffic for all North American railroads by key commodity groups - Cyclical including economically-sensitive commodities such as steel and lumber, Baseline including commodities such as coal and grain which are less affected by the economy and Intermodal comprising primarily domestic and international movements of consumer goods by container.
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Railfax Focus is a suite of visualizations that allows industry professionals to quickly understand important trends in the railroad industry and the industries they serve. There are three Railfax Focus reports that show:
iRailfax portrays all North American rail traffic with full commodity detail from 1995 to the present. iRailfax is designed for economists, traders and planners interested in longterm trends in commodities moving primarily by rail such as autos, coal and construction materials. You can view a sample version of the iRailfax report HERE. iRailfax is available without charge to AAR member railroads. Please call or email to learn more.
Railshare portrays traffic by railroad and key commodity groups from 2007 to present. You can view a sample version of the Railshare report HERE. Railshare is available without charge to AAR member railroads. Please call or email to learn more.
Railfax RPM portrays the operating performance of the large North American railroads by several key metrics: train speed, terminal dwell time and cars online. By measuring and comparing carrier performance, RRPM is most useful to shippers, investors and rail suppliers. You can view the RRPM report HERE. RRPM is available without charge to the public. Please contact us for more info.
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What is Railshare
Railshare is a comprehensive database of North American rail traffic. The data are provided each Thursday by the Association of American Railroads. Atlantic Systems Inc. processes this information and redistributes the data in an easy to use format. Each week's report covers the seven day period ending the preceding Saturday. Rail traffic is disaggregated between carload (traffic moving in traditional freight cars such as box cars, tank cars and hoppers) and intermodal traffic (containers and piggyback service). Railshare provides commodity breakdowns for carload traffic; commodity detail for intermodal traffic is unavailable. Railroads originate and also move traffic jointly with other originating carriers. The carrier totals shown in Railshare aggregate all traffic handled by individual carriers. Market shares are calculated as total handlings by carrier divided by total U.S. originated rail traffic. Railshare graphs show four major breakdowns of rail traffic. Total traffic includes all carload and intermodal traffic; carload traffic is further divided between economically sensitive commodities (cyclical) and those that are less affected by the business cycle (baseline).
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