Class I Railroads

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.

Commentary

Last year’s story for the Class I railroads was one of higher volumes and changing traffic mix. But this year, volume is down. The big 2014 growth drivers that ostensibly helped create the congestion are notably absent this year, with a collective 4,600 fewer cars of these commodities being originated over the last few weeks versus 2014.

News & Analysis

02 Jul 2015
Union Pacific Railroad has embargoed international intermodal cargo originating from the U.S. West Coast at its Denver terminal due to a “severe” shortage of chassis there.
26 Jun 2015
The same congestion that snarled U.S. Pacific Coast ports earlier this year is headed for ports on the East Coast, a BNSF Railway executive warned earlier this week.
23 Jun 2015
Tightening capacity fueled by growing demand spells the end to historically low logistics costs, according to the latest State of Logistics report out of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
17 Jun 2015
U.S. shippers are finding it more and more difficult to rationalize shifting their cargo from highway to rail. And questionable service reliability and accelerating intermodal rates are to blame, according to intermodal analysts and a recent shipper survey.
11 Jun 2015
The Port of Prince Rupert had another big month in May with total container volume increasing 45.6 percent over May 2014.
10 Jun 2015
BNSF Railway is aiming to regain domestic intermodal volume lost to Union Pacific Railroad by introducing more and faster expedited services connecting Chicago and St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Pacific Northwest.
01 Jun 2015
Canadian National Railway is buying more refrigerated intermodal equipment as the prospect of tighter regulation of food supply chains poses a challenge for shippers.
22 May 2015
Norfolk Southern has announced changes in management responsibilities in its intermodal department, with expanded roles for Jeffrey S. Heller and Cary G. Booth.
18 May 2015
Grain is moving by rail at a steady pace from Canada’s Prairie Provinces to export terminals in British Columbia’s Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Thunder Bay.