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U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are mixed in August, reports AAR

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that, for the month of August, United States rail carload and intermodal volumes were mixed on an annual basis.AAR observed that 14 of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw annual gains, including coal, up 20,666 carloads or 8.4%; crushed stone, sand & gravel, up 7,955 carloads or 10.6%; and primary metal products, up 7,948 carloads or 26.1%. Commodities that saw annual declines included: grain, down 15,539 carloads or 17.5%; motor vehicles & parts, down 10,640 carloads or