Railroad Shipping

By Ted Prince · January 1, 2015
Over the past 20 years, we’ve heard extensive discussion about the “Railroad Renaissance,” a historical metaphor referring to the period between the Middle Ages and the Modern Era.
By Jeff Berman · December 5, 2014
Carloads—at 1,161,820—were up 1.4 percent, or 16,396 carloads, compared to November 2013, and intermodal volumes were up 2.7 percent––or 27,463 units––at 1,035,054 containers and trailers.
By Jeff Berman · December 4, 2014
Even with the well-documented service issues freight railroads have experienced over the last several months, there is a lot to be excited about when looking at the industry, according to Ed Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
By LM Staff · December 1, 2014
Carloads were down 0.3 percent annually at 295,812, and intermodal units, at 269,373 containers and trailers saw a 0.7 percent annual gain.
By Jeff Berman · November 25, 2014
NS said that the D&H lines it plans to acquire connect with the NS network at Sunbury, Pa. and Binghamton, N.Y. and give NS single-line routes from Chicago and the southeast U.S. to Albany, N.Y., which is in close proximity to NS’ Mechanicville, N.Y.-based intermodal terminal.
By Jeff Berman · November 24, 2014
BNSF said that its 2015 capital expenditures will be allocated towards various areas of its business, including maintenance and expansion of the railroad to meet the expected demand for freight rail service, with 2015 representing the third straight year BNSF has invested a record annual capital expenditures investment.
By Jeff Berman · October 16, 2014
In light on various service-related freight railroad service issues, the Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB) recently announced it is now requiring Class I railroads to publicly file weekly data reports on service performance. These weekly reports are slated to begin on October 22.
By Jeff Berman · October 15, 2014
CSX reported it had record third quarter earnings of $509 million or $0.51 per share, which was up 10.6 percent annually over $455 million and $0.45 per share and ahead of Wall Street estimates of $0.48 per share.
By Jeff Berman · October 13, 2014
The Wall Street Journal reported that this merger, which would have brought together two of North America’s largest rail operators, was rejected by CSX, adding it was not clear if CP would continue to make further efforts.
By Jeff Berman · September 2, 2014
When publicly-traded Class I freight railroad and intermodal service providers issued second quarter earnings results earlier this summer, the topic of less than ideal service on the rails was a common theme within the earnings releases and question and answer sessions with top management at those companies.
By Jeff Berman · July 24, 2014
With an eye on making transportation of crude oil by rail (CBR) and ethanol safer following various tragic accidents over the last year, the United States Department of Transportation yesterday released details regarding its rulemaking proposal designed to improve how large quantities of flammable materials by rail can be moved in a safer manner.
By LM Staff · June 27, 2014
Weekly intermodal volumes set an all-time record for the second straight week at 272,553 containers and trailers for a 7.8 percent year-over-year boost. The week ending June 14 now stands as the runner-up for weekly volumes at 270,243.
By LM Staff · June 13, 2014
Carloads for the week ending June 7 were up 5.3 percent at 292,924, and intermodal trailers and containers were up 6.8 percent at 269,823.
By Jeff Berman · June 1, 2014
Through record-high investments and a keen focus on service, rail and intermodal providers are still delivering on their service promise to shippers—and doing it with improved efficiency. Our panel of top analysts takes a deep dive into what railroads are doing to stay lean and powerful during these still uncertain times.
By Michael Levans · June 1, 2014
In casual conversation with friends, it surprises me how many myths still exist around moving freight by rail. “It must be slow, unmanageable, old fashioned.” Rail seems to conjure memories of pillows of steam hovering over charming brick stations, or lonely whistles heard from a distant train snaking through the countryside.

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