American rail shipments of metals and metallic ores totaled
49,971 carloads during the week ended Sept. 28, up 1.1 percent
from a year earlier, according to the latest data from the
Association of American Railroads (AAR).
But 1,770,583 carloads
of metallics shipments through the first nine months of 2013
were down 1.8 percent from the same period last year.
Rail shipments of
motor vehicles and parts continued to grow, with shipments of
29,364 carloads in the last week of September up 10.7 percent
from a year ago, while year-to-date shipments of 977,301
carloads were 2.3 percent higher.
Weekly rail shipments
of coal inched up 0.3 percent to 124,639 carloads, but
shipments in the first nine months of the year were down 3.4
percent to 4,724,502 carloads.
"The fact that rail
carloads excluding coal and grain were up 4.9 percent in
Septemberthe biggest year-over-year monthly gain since
last Decemberis a hopeful sign," senior vice president
John T. Gray said.