Railroads & Grain

Railroads are critical to grain transportation. In 2016, U.S. Class I railroads originated 1.54 million carloads of grain (5.6% of total carloads) carrying 149.4 million tons (9.6% of total tons). Grain is also a key commodity for scores of short line and regional freight railroads. Railroads also haul large amounts of grain-related food products, such as soybean cake and meal, corn syrup, flour, prepared animal feed, and dried distillers grains.

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