RailAmerica, Inc. Reports September 2010 Monthly Carloads

Oct 07, 2010, 16:30 ET from RailAmerica, Inc.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE: RA) today reported that its total freight carloads for the month ended September 30, 2010 were 72,833, up 8.0% from 67,410 in September 2009.  These results include the Ottawa Valley Railway (OVRR) operation.

The Company had increased shipments in September 2010 in eight out of twelve commodity groups compared to September 2009.  Much of the increase was due to shipments of Metallic Ores and Metals, Chemicals and Coal.  Metallic Ores and Metals carloads increased primarily due to higher shipments in the Northeast and Southeast regions.  Chemical volumes were up primarily due to increased shipments in the Midwest, Northeast and West regions.  Coal carloads increased primarily due to higher shipments in the Northeast region and Central U.S.  The largest declines were in Motor Vehicles and Petroleum.  Motor Vehicles were down primarily due to decreased shipments in the Midwest region.  Petroleum was down primarily due to lower shipments in the West 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 / Quarter to Date Ended September 30, 2010 and 2009
                                      September              QTD September
                             ------------------------  -----------------------
        Commodity Group       2010    2009    % Chg    2010     2009    % Chg
        ---------------     ------- -------- -------  ------ --------  -------
    Coal                     15,303  14,306     7.0%   47,176  46,806     0.8%
    Agricultural Products    10,680  10,006     6.7%   32,730  31,405     4.2%
    Chemicals                 8,301   6,995    18.7%   23,947  20,946    14.3%
    Non-Metallic Minerals and
     Products                 7,060   6,721     5.0%   21,421  20,081     6.7%
    Metallic Ores and Metals  6,288   3,757    67.4%   18,145  10,382    74.8%
    Pulp, Paper & Allied
     Products                 5,896   5,322    10.8%   17,565  16,267     8.0%
    Waste & Scrap Materials   4,771   4,545     5.0%   14,231  14,350    -0.8%
    Food or Kindred Products  4,503   4,468     0.8%   13,660  13,042     4.7%
    Forest Products           3,793   3,901    -2.8%   11,780  12,078    -2.5%
    Petroleum                 2,849   3,326   -14.3%    9,027   9,909    -8.9%
    Other                     2,423   2,580    -6.1%    7,175   8,958   -19.9%
    Motor Vehicles              966   1,483   -34.9%    2,642   4,047   -34.7%
    ----------------------   ------- -------- -------  ------ --------  ------
    TOTAL                    72,833  67,410     8.0%  219,499 208,271     5.4%
    OVRR                      (627)   (681)           (2,001) (2,035)
    TOTAL (excluding OVRR)   72,206  66,729     8.2%  217,498 206,236     5.5%

SOURCE RailAmerica, Inc.