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

Norfolk Southern posts strong 3Q 2010 earnings

Posted 10/28 · 09:55 AM · LM Editorial
As has been the case during third quarter earnings, Class I railroad earnings continued to deliver strong results, with Norfolk Southern’s strong earnings results bearing that out. Earnings for the Norfolk, Virginia-based carrier at $445 million were up 47 percent year-over-year. And earnings per share of $1.19 were also up 47 percent, beating Wall Street estimates of $1.09.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports carload and intermodal volumes up for week ending October 16

Posted 10/22 · 09:07 AM · LM Editorial
Railroad volumes for the week ending October 16 showed continued year-over-year improvement, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).Carload volume at 303,664 was up 10.1 percent year-over-year and was ahead of the 297,029 carloads reported by the AAR
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Ocean cargo: Port of Los Angeles gets “Tiger” grant to expand rail project

Posted 10/21 · 08:54 AM · LM Editorial
The port, along with 41 other capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states, received funding from $600 million awarded nationwide.

Intermodal shipping: Union Pacific formally rolls out Joliet, Illinois Intermodal Terminal

Posted 10/19 · 09:05 AM · LM Editorial
Class I railroad carrier Union Pacific this week officially opened its 785-acre, nearly $370 million Joliet, Illinois Intermodal Terminal. Construction on the $370 million terminal began in August 2008, with phase one completed this past August. It is located five miles south of I-80 and seven miles east of I-55.

Pricing Across the Transportation Modes

Posted 10/14 · 10:04 AM · LM Editorial

Railroad shipping: AAR reports September volumes are up from 2009, down from 2008

Posted 10/12 · 10:34 AM · LM Editorial
As was the case in August, September rail volumes were mixed when compared to the last two years, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The AAR reported that monthly rail carloads for September—at 1,487,511—were up 7.7. percent from September 2009 and down 7.5 percent from September 2008. The weekly September average of 297,502 carloads hit its highest level since October 2008, said the AAR. September carloads were 1.9 percent higher than September 2009.
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Rail/Intermodal Roundtable: Full head of steam

Posted 10/08 · 12:00 PM · LM Editorial
The nation’s railroads have pulled out of the downturn in solid fiscal shape, proving that they’ve mastered the art of cost management. To offer a comprehensive look at the new state of the rails, we’ve gathered four top analysts to share how volumes, rates, and game-changing regulation could alter how shippers manage the mode.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports carload and intermodal volumes remain steady

Posted 10/08 · 12:15 AM · LM Editorial
While no 2010 weekly volume figures were broken, railroad volumes for the week ending October 2 remained consistent with previously solid weeks, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
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Railroad shipping: Intermodal leads the way again for weekly traffic, says AAR

Posted 10/01 · 06:55 AM · LM Editorial
Another week, another 2010 record for intermodal volumes. That seems to be the case these days, according to data released this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
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Railroad shipping: Intermodal hits another 2010 high, says AAR

Posted 09/24 · 06:18 AM · LM Editorial
Railroad volumes returned to their recent trend of record-breaking volumes for the week ending September 18, with intermodal volumes on U.S. railways setting a new 2010 record along with containers hitting its highest level ever, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
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