Railcar loadings accelerated their recovery in September. Total U.S. railcar loads were down just -2.9% in September 2020 from September 2019, excluding coal. Intermodal average weekly loadings were 284,777 units. Up 7.1% over September 2019, and the 4th highest single month on record. Given the circumstances, this was a very positive month for rail car loadings.
One rail category has now returned to pre-pandemic levels. August saw a 3.0% rise in average weekly intermodal railcar loadings compared to August 2019. Overall, August total U.S. Rail car loadings saw a decline of -14.9% over August 2019. Still well off 2019 levels, railcar loadings have continued to make month over month recovery gains from the lows of April and May. Excluding coal U.S. loadings were down -9.9%.
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