BNSF Railway’s carloads in Week 13
In the week ended March 31, 2018, BNSF Railway’s (BRK.B) carload volumes rose 7.3%. The company hauled ~102,600 carloads in that week, compared with 95,700 carloads in the week ended April 1, 2017. Rival Union Pacific (UNP) saw its carload traffic fall, by 2.7%. In Week 13, NSF registered a much higher rise in carload traffic than US railroads (IYJ), which reported 2.8% growth.
BNSF’s carload traffic excluding coal (ARCH) and coke accounted for 65% of total carloads. The remaining 35% comprised coal and coke carloads. In Week 13 of 2017, these proportions were 62% and 38%, respectively. Carloads other than coal and coke jumped 11.8% to ~67,000 units from ~59,800 units last year. Coal and coke carloads fell slightly, touching 35,800 units in Week 13 of 2018.
Changes in BNSF Railway’s carload commodity groups
The following carload commodity volumes rose in Week 13:
- metallic ores
- sand and gravel
- petroleum products
The following carload commodity volumes fell in Week 13:
- lumber and wood
BNSF Railway’s intermodal traffic
BNSF Railway’s intermodal traffic rose 1.8% in Week 13 of 2018. The company carried ~101,800 containers and trailers that week, compared with ~100,000 units in the corresponding week last year. While container volumes fell slightly, trailer traffic rose 21.6%. Container traffic fell 0.6% to ~89,000 containers from 89,500 containers last year. Trailer volumes stood at ~12,900 units in 2018, compared with 10,600 units in Week 13 of last year.
In the first 13 weeks of 2018, BNSF Railway reported 4.7% growth in railcar traffic overall, almost doubling the average 2.6% growth reported by US railroads (GWR) in the same category. In the next section, we’ll look at Union Pacific’s freight volumes.