Genesee & Wyoming GWR reported disappointing traffic figures for February. Traffic in the month was 237,072 carloads, reflecting a 6.8% decrease year over year. The railroad’s same railroad traffic (excluding carloads from the Continental European intermodal business sold in June 2018) slid 1.8%.
Traffic at the company’s North American operations declined 4.8% from the year-ago figure due to contraction in traffic across most segments. Traffic at metallic ores, coal & coke and lumber & forest products segments dropped 32.3%, 16% and 14.2%, respectively. Severe weather conditions during the winter hampered North American shipments. Agricultural products, autos & auto parts, intermodal, metals, pulp & paper and waste were the only segments to report a rise in traffic.
Australian operations (owned 51.1% by the company) traffic dipped 0.7% due to 75.9% and 50% slump in traffic at agricultural products and petroleum products, each. The intermodal and minerals & stone segments also reported a fall in traffic.
Total traffic at U.K./European operations contracted 12.9% from the last February-level due to decrease in traffic across all its segments except Coal & Coke.
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