Railway carloadings down across the board

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OTTAWA, Ont. — The freight loaded by railways, excluding intermodal traffic, totalled 19.7 million metric tonnes in July, which was 4.6 per cent off last year’s mark.

In August, rail freight slipped further, falling to 18.6 million tonnes before rebounding to 19.7 million in September. These represented annual decreases of 9.9 and 5.4 per cent respectively.

The intermodal tonnage, made up of containers on flatcars and trailers on flatcars, fell 0.1 per cent in September 2001 compared with 2000 to 1.9 million metric tonnes.

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