Rail freight down

OTTAWA, Ont. — According to Statistics Canada, the freight loaded by railways in February totaled 17.5 million metric tonnes, down 7.7 per cent from last year.

This total, however, excludes intermodal tonnage, which is made up of containers and trailers on flatcars.

This segment of the rail business was at 1.8 million tonnes, up 8.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2001.

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