RailAmerica, Inc. Reports November 2010 Monthly Carloads

Dec 13, 2010, 17:01 ET from RailAmerica, Inc.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE: RA) today reported that its total freight carloads for the month ended November 30, 2010 were 71,419, up 5.3% from 67,834 in November 2009.  These results include the Ottawa Valley Railway (OVRR) operation.

The Company increased shipments in November 2010 in nine out of twelve commodity groups compared to November 2009.  Much of the increase was due to shipments of Coal, Chemicals and Non-Metallic Minerals and Products.  Coal increased primarily due to shipments in the Central U.S.  Chemical volumes were up primarily due to increased shipments in the Midwest, Northeast and West regions.  Non-Metallic Minerals and Products carloads increased primarily due to higher shipments in the Midwest, Central and Northeast regions. The largest declines were in Agricultural Products and Motor Vehicles.  Agricultural Products were down primarily due to lower shipments in the Midwest and West regions, and Motor Vehicles were down primarily due to decreased shipments in the Midwest region.  

RailAmerica, Inc. owns and operates short line and regional freight railroads in North America, operating a portfolio of 40 individual railroads with approximately 7,300 miles of track in 27 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.

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                                  RailAmerica, Inc.
                        Carload Comparisons by Commodity Group
                        Month Ended November 30, 2010 and 2009
                                      November              QTD November
                             ------------------------  -----------------------
        Commodity Group       2010    2009    % Chg    2010     2009    % Chg
        ---------------     ------- -------- -------  ------ --------  -------
    Coal                     16,048  13,943    15.1%   28,972  27,997     3.5%
    Agricultural Products    11,738  13,333   -12.0%   23,818  25,474    -6.5%
    Chemicals                 7,935   6,631    19.7%   16,461  13,774    19.5%
    Non-Metallic Minerals and
     Products                 6,441   5,600    15.0%   13,660  11,509    18.7%
    Pulp, Paper & Allied
     Products                 5,284   5,048     4.7%   10,568  10,353     2.1%
    Food or Kindred Products  4,730   4,179    13.2%    9,605   8,811     9.0%
    Waste & Scrap Materials   4,490   4,337     3.5%    9,472   9,301     1.8%
    Metallic Ores and Metals  4,489   3,985    12.6%   10,442   7,981    30.8%
    Petroleum                 3,673   3,575     2.7%    7,078   7,018     0.9%
    Forest Products           3,347   3,433    -2.5%    7,183   7,413    -3.1%
    Other                     2,594   1,929    34.5%    5,389   4,473    20.5%
    Motor Vehicles              650   1,841   -64.7%    1,597   3,889   -58.9%
    ----------------------   ------- -------- -------  ------ --------  ------
    TOTAL                    71,419  67,834     5.3%  144,245 137,993     4.5%
    OVRR                       (712)   (707)           (1,340) (1,294)
    TOTAL (excluding OVRR)   70,707  67,127     5.3%  142,905 136,699     4.5%

SOURCE RailAmerica, Inc.