TABLE 13-8 Average Loaded U.S. Railcar Weight for Selected Commodities: 1993 and 2003

TABLE 13-8 Average Loaded U.S. Railcar Weight for Selected Commodities: 1993 and 2003

Tons per carload

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  1993 2003
Farm products 90.1 93.0
Coal 100.5 111.4
Nonmetallic minerals 91.8 96.8
Food and kindred products 63.5 69.1
Chemicals and allied products 83.4 84.2
Transportation equipment 21.1 20.4
Miscellaneous mixed shipments 16.8 14.5

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

SOURCES: 2003—Association of American Railroads (AAR), Railroad Facts 2004 (Washington, DC: 2004), pp. 25 and 29. 1993—U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, calculations based on AAR, Railroad Ten-Year Trends 1990-1999 (Washington, DC: 2000).