Robust carload numbers are continuing to bring good news to BNSF Railway when compared to 2016 levels.
Slumping volumes in 2016 saw the total intermodal and carload volumes down 4.94% from 2015 levels, with coal shipments slumping 20.88% from 2015 levels.
Coal is still leading the way in the recovery, with shipments up a strong 15.82% through August 19, as compared to the same period in 2016.
Also up a solid 5.77% are intermodal shipments.
While petroleum shipments continue to slide, with year-to-date numbers down 15.41%, the combined intermodal and carloads numbers are up 6.74% in the aggregate.
The rise in shipments has BNSF rehiring 4,000 of the 5,000 employees it laid off in 2015.
© 2017 David Mazor
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