Comprehensive coverage of rail freight/intermodal transportation management including logistics, shippers, carriers, shipping rates, tariffs, costs and rail loads and volumes.

Economic uncertainty continues to rule the day

Posted 10/24 · 09:36 AM · LM Editorial
The news regarding a tepid economic recovery is clearly far from new, we have been reading about it and experiencing it in one way or another for a while now. We have been told that things will be better “soon” on more than one occasion, yet things continue to stagnate.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports mixed volumes gains for week ending October 15

Posted 10/21 · 09:04 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 303,363—was flat on an annual basis.
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Railroad shipping: CSX reports record third quarter earnings

Posted 10/19 · 01:14 PM · LM Editorial
As it has done many times in the past, Class I railroad carrier CSX led off the rail earnings season with a strong performance, reporting record-setting third quarter earnings of $506 million and $0.43 per share.

Transplace, Celtic International team up to create combined logistics services and intermodal entity

Posted 10/14 · 01:25 PM · LM Editorial
Taking steps to expand its extensive logistics services menu for shippers, non asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider Transplace said this week it has joined forces with Chicago-based intermodal marketing company (IMC) Celtic International to “form a leading North American logistics provider,” according to company officials.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports steady volume gains for week ending October 8

Posted 10/14 · 09:47 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 302,500—was up 2.1 percent annually and was behind the week ending October 1, which hit 312,170 carloads, and is the highest weekly carload mark for 2011, according to AAR data.

Intermodal shipping: CSX continues to make inroads on National Gateway project

Posted 10/13 · 10:27 AM · LM Editorial
Earlier this week, Class I rail carrier CSX announced that work it has made significant progress with its National Gateway project, with work either completed or construction underway at one-third of the National Gateway’s clearance projects.

Intermodal shipping: Schneider National rolls out new Canada-based, cross-border intermodal service

Posted 10/12 · 09:31 AM · LM Editorial
Company officials say this service will leverage Schneider’s more than 20 years of intermodal service into and out of Canada

Freight transportation economist says there is enough capacity to get through the current downturn

Posted 10/11 · 12:50 PM · LM Editorial
At a time when capacity tightness in some ways has become the new normal, the differences between fixed and variable capacity are different than they used to be in some ways, according to FTR Associates Partner Noel Perry.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports volumes are up for September 2011

Posted 10/07 · 03:50 PM · LM Editorial
Intermodal sets 2011 weekly record for second straight week.
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Rail shipper group takes BNSF to task over URCS and revenue adequacy determinations

Posted 09/30 · 12:53 PM · LM Editorial
The Western Coal Traffic League filed a petition with the Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB) requesting that the STB issue an order that would adjust the Uniform Railroad Costing System of Class I railroad carrier BNSF Railway Company.

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