Weekly service report updates for Class 1 railroads provided by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) were recently updated with values spanning through the end of Jul ’18. Overall, total cars online remained higher on a YOY basis while grain and ethanol rail transportation speeds finished lower.
Total Railcars Online:
- Aug 4th week ending total railcars online totaled 1.050 million, finishing 0.1% below the previous week. Total railcars online remained higher on a YOY basis for the 85th consecutive week, however, finishing up 1.6%.
Grain Rail Transportation:
- Aug 4th week ending average train speeds for grain transportation remained lower on a YOY basis for the 21st consecutive week. Aug 4th week ending grain train speeds of 21.4 MPH finished 5.1% lower YOY and 4.4% below historical average grain train speeds.
Ethanol Rail Transportation:
- Aug 4th week ending average train speeds for ethanol transportation remained lower on a YOY basis for the 26th consecutive week. Aug 4th week ending ethanol train speeds of 22.4 MPH finished 4.9% lower YOY and 1.6% below historical average ethanol train speeds.