Class I Railroads

Coverage of large freight railroad companies including traffic, revenue, freight tonnage and more.

The Track to Black: The financial health of major U.S. and Canadian railroads in the first quarter of 2013

Check out our latest rail dashboard to get a look at the financial health of major U.S. and Canadian railroads.


Accelerating economic growth across the U.S. depends on the ability of our rail system to meet current and future shipping demands. As our nation’s economy has grown in recent years, our rail system must strive to keep pace. 

News & Analysis

01 May 2016
U.S. shippers expect to ramp up their conversion of freight from truck to intermodal rail to the highest level in a year and a half, according to a new survey.
27 Apr 2016
The need to reduce truck congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has stakeholders looking at the feasibility of a number of options utilizing rail service.
26 Apr 2016
Canadian National Railway is seeing a slowdown with its intermodal business tied to the container ports it serves, an ominous sign after the railroad’s intermodal volume was flat in the first three months of the year.
22 Apr 2016
Fresh from fending off an acquisition attempt, Norfolk Southern Railway delivered strong first-quarter profit growth, showing off efficiencies that helped the railroad more than compensate for intermodal business dragged down by a division restructuring.
21 Apr 2016
Struggling with intermodal and carload volume declines and a softer-than-anticipated U.S. economy, Union Pacific Railroad profit fell by double digits in the first quarter of 2016.
20 Apr 2016
Even after Canadian Pacific Railway abandoned its bid for Norfolk Southern Railway, the head of the Calgary-based railroad is confident Class I rail consolidation will happen and fuel intermodal volume growth.
19 Apr 2016
Erratic weather, the retooling and shutdown of Mexican auto plants and the weak peso continued to hurt Kansas City Southern Railway’s intermodal volume for another quarter, but the railroad still delivered a profit.
18 Apr 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway might still make another play to acquire a Class I railroad. But if Chief Executive E. Hunter Harrison wants to succeed where he has failed twice before — with CSX Transportation in 2014 and with Norfolk Southern Railway this year — he’ll need to take a more diplomatic approach to sway legislators, regulators, shippers and shareholders, rail analysts told
14 Apr 2016
BNSF Railway is building off the success of its very first logistics park after attracting a major plastics shipper at the North Texas operation that will ship exports via California ports.
13 Apr 2016
CSX Transportation offered a dim outlook for intermodal volume growth Wednesday, after the company said declines in international business in the first quarter offset domestic gains and are expected to continue to hamper domestic volume growth in the year ahead.