TABLE 24 Average Loaded U.S. Railcar Weight for Selected Commodities: 1991 and 2001

TABLE 24 Average Loaded U.S. Railcar Weight for Selected Commodities: 1991 and 2001

(Tons per carload)

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  1991 2001
Farm products 90 94
Coal 99 110
Nonmetallic minerals 92 96
Food and kindred products 63 68
Chemicals and allied products 81 84
Transportation equipment 21 21
Miscellaneous mixed shipments 17 15

NOTE: Miscellaneous mixed shipments is mostly intermodal traffic. Some intermodal traffic is included in commodity-specific categories, as well.

SOURCES: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: 2001 and 2002 issues). 1991 data-U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, calculations based on Association of American Railroads, Railroad Ten-Year Trends 1990-1999 (Washington, DC: 2000).