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Save the Date - March 13, 2013 - AAR Associates Meeting in Washington, D.C.

AAR will host its annual meeting for affiliate and associate members on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will feature presentations by AAR staff and will be followed by a reception and dinner. This meeting will be held the day before Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. Please save the date and stay tuned for more information.

Affiliate Executive Board Appoints New AAR Committee Representatives

The Affiliate Executive Board met on December 18 and selected the following four representatives from affiliate member railroads for 2-year appointments on AAR committees. Please join the AAR in congratulating these new committee representatives:

Arbitration & Rules Committee
Gary Nelson, Sidney and Lowe Railroad, LLC

Locomotive Committee
Bernie McCall, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad

Open Top Loading Rules Committee
Mike Haeg, New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway

Quality Assurance Committee
Scott Traylor, New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway

At this time, five Railroad Affiliate Member seats on AAR committees received no nominations from member railroads and those seats will remain vacant. Those committee seats are as follows:

Customer Service Committee
Electronic Commerce Committee
Equipment Assets Committee
Interline Revenue Committee
Umler Committee

These five seats are available exclusively to Railroad Affiliate Members. If you would like to put forward a candidate that would be a good fit for one of these seats, please contact (or have them contact) Kelly Donley at 202-639-2343 or

[Updated Chart of Affiliate Member Representatives on AAR Committees]

Affiliate & Associate Membership Renewals in Progress

The annual membership renewal process is now in full swing. By now, all 2012 members should have received a blue folder in the mail which contains the necessary forms for renewing memberships. If you have not received your folder, please notify us as soon as possible and we will get another set of documents sent out to you.

Included in that packet is a 2013 AAR Member Directory Update Form. This form will helps AAR ensure that your contact information is complete and correct when we publish the next edition of the member directory. The deadline for affiliate and associate member changes to the directory is Friday, January 18. Please make sure to look over and verify your company’s information before then.

Please contact Kelly Donley at or Bill Pzedpelski at if you have any questions about renewals or if you would like to confirm the status of your renewal.

Updates from Committees

You can view the latest reports from key AAR committees submitted by your associate member representatives by logging in to the members’ area and then clicking on “Member Center,” then “Associate & Affiliate Members,” and then clicking on “Committee Reports and Descriptions.”

The following committees submitted new reports in the month of December. These reports will be posted to the website as soon as they are available:

  • Advanced Safety & Efficiency Committee
  • TTCI Research Advisory Board

Associate News

Aurizon to increase investment in north-west Queensland with new MMG contract

Etihad Rail’s First Batch of Rail Wagons Arrive at Mina Zayed

Alstom-Balfour Beatty joint venture wins contracts worth €43m to renew signalling across the UK

Ansaldo STS celebrates inauguration of new metro extension in Genoa

ARINC Appoints Michael DiGeorge to Lead Asia Pacific

EWA Joint Venture (EWA JV) Teams with ManTech to Win $286M Contract

GATX Sets Date for 2012 Fourth Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call

Hanson’s Sergio Pecori named a fellow in the American Council of Engineering Companies

Harbor Rail Services Company Appoints Caylan Myronowicz as Executive Vice President, Launches Redesigned Website

HDR Earns ACEC North Carolina Award for Bridgewater Powerhouse Work

HNTB Corporation opens new office in Florida’s Panhandle

Parker Adds Industry-Leading Hydrogen Sensing Systems to its Instrumentation Offerings

Parsons Brinckerhoff: Model for a Mega-Tunnel

Electro-Motive Diesel Announces Grand Opening of Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil Locomotive Assembly Operation

Timken Acquires Wazee Companies, LLC; Expands Industrial Service Offerings

T.Y. Lin International Wins First Place in 2012 Zweig Marketing Excellence Awards

URS-Led Team Awarded NATO Management Advisory Services Contract

Westport to Expand Ford Super Duty Product Line :: Natural Gas Powered Ford F-450 and F-550 Available in 2013

Monthly Traffic Report

AAR Reports Mixed Annual Rail Traffic

Monthly Traffic for December Mixed
Declines in Weekly Rail Traffic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 3, 2013 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed 2012 rail traffic compared with 2011. U.S. rail intermodal volume totaled 12.3 million containers and trailers in 2012, up 3.2 percent or 374,918 units, over 2011. Carloads totaled 14.7 million in 2012, down 3.1 percent or 476,322 carloads, from 2011. Intermodal volume in 2012 was the second highest on record, down 0.1 percent or 14,885 containers and trailers, from the record high totals of 2006.

In 2012, 12 of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by AAR saw increases on U.S. railroads compared with 2011. The biggest gains were petroleum products, up 170,994 carloads or 46.3 percent; motor vehicles and parts, up 114,221 carloads or 16.5 percent; crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 71,012 carloads or 7.9 percent; and lumber and wood products, up 18,659 carloads or 13 percent.

The commodities with the biggest carload declines in 2012 from 2011 were coal, down 726,257 carloads or 10.8 percent; grain, down 106,289 carloads or 9.5 percent; and metallic ores, down 22,421 carloads or 5.7 percent. Excluding coal and grain, U.S. rail carloads in 2012 were up 356,224 carloads or 4.9 percent over 2011, their third straight year-over-year annual increase. “Coal and grain typically account for around half of U.S. rail carloads, so when they’re down, chances are good that overall rail carloads are down too, as we saw in 2012,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray. “That said, a number of key rail carload categories showed solid improvement in 2012, including categories like autos and lumber that are most highly correlated with economic growth. Meanwhile, intermodal just missed setting a new volume record in 2012. In 2013, freight railroads look forward to continuing to provide the world’s safest, most cost effective freight rail transportation service.”

AAR also announced mixed December 2012 rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 1,086,990 carloads, down 4.2 percent from December 2011. U.S. rail intermodal originations totaled 888,002 containers and trailers in December 2012, up 1.7 percent over December 2011. During December 2012, 11 of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by AAR saw increases compared with December 2011.

Detailed monthly and annual data charts and tables will be available in AAR’s Rail Time Indicators report released online tomorrow.

AAR reported declines in weekly rail traffic for the week ending December 29, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 211,921 carloads, down 13.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 155,800 trailers and containers, down 14 percent compared with the same week last year.

Three of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, including: petroleum products, up 48.3 percent; coke, up 14.1 percent, and motor vehicles and equipment, up 6.7 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included: farm products, excluding grain, down 30 percent; grain, down 24.9 percent, and coal products, down 20.3 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 14.6 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 13.3 percent compared with the same week in 2011.

For the 52 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 14,682,819 carloads, down 3.1 percent from last year, and 12,267,336 trailers and containers, up 3.2 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 59,978 carloads for the week, down 9.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 34,844 trailers and containers, up 0.3 percent compared with 2011. For 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,009,097 carloads, up 2 percent from the same point last year, and 2,673,314 trailers and containers, up 6.6 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 10,307 carloads for the week, down 1.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 6,391 trailers and containers, up 11.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for 2012 was 749,024 carloads, up 1.3 percent compared to last year, and 519,259 trailers and containers, up 19 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 19,440,940 carloads, down 2 percent compared to last year, and 15,459,909 trailers and containers, up 4.2 percent compared with last year.


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For more information contact: Nell Callahan, 202-464-6913, or Abigail Gardner, 202-464-6603, at, or Holly Arthur,, 202-639-2344.

Spotlight On

This month's spotlight is on our newest member.

Please join the AAR in welcoming Precision Gage & Tool, a new Silver Associate Member for 2013:

Precision Gage & Tool
Vicki Waltz
375 Gargrave Road
Dayton, OH 45449

Since its beginnings in 1929, Precision Gage & Tool Co. has maintained a leadership role in the manufacture of high-accuracy fineness of grind gages and film applicators for the worldwide ink and paint industries. Over the years, PGT has added to its capability with a line of specialized gaging equipment for railroads, and a wide variety of custom gages and fixtures for a broad range of industrial applications. In 1998, PG&T acquired the complete line of world-renowned Sheffield gages, including Precisionaire®, Micronaire® and related air gage tooling and accessories. In addition, PG&T has added the P-400 Metrology Interface to its line of air gaging products. Precision Gage & Tool is certified under the provisions of ISO-9001:2008. For more information, please visit

Upcoming Events

  • March 5-6, 2013 (Pueblo, CO) 18th Annual AAR Research Review - Pueblo Convention Center
  • March 13, 2013 (Washington, DC) AAR Associates Meeting
  • March 14, 2013 (Washington, DC) Railroad Day on Capitol Hill
  • March 18-21, 2013 (Atlanta, GA) North American Rail Mechanical Operations Seminar (NARMO)
  • April 24-25, 2013 (Kansas City, MO) AAR Tank Car Committee Meeting
  • June 16-19, 2013 (Boston, MA) Railroad Accounting Officers & Internal Audit Division Training Sessions
  • June 17-19, 2013 (San Antonio, TX) AAR Damage Prevention & Freight Claim Conference
  • September 12-14, 2013 (Banff, Alberta, Canada) Railroad Insurance Management Association Meeting (RIMA)