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

We’re hearing from economists and customers that 2014 will probably continue along the slow, steady growth path. The rail industry remains a steady leader, bolstering the economy by providing well-paying jobs and supporting other industries by delivering goods that keep America moving.

News & Analysis

26 Aug 2014
Canadian National Railway announced that it will discontinue intermodal service to a rail hub at Auburn, Maine, effective Nov. 15, because of insufficient freight volume.
Fairview Terminal, Port of Prince Rupert
26 Aug 2014
U.S. shippers are finding that hedging their bets against possible U.S. West Coast port disruptions by shipping cargo through the Port of Prince Rupert comes with a catch: long delays before imports can be loaded onto the rails.
22 Aug 2014
A Federal appeals court in Pasadena shot down a novel legal challenge to railyard emissions that if successful would have erected a roadblock to a proposed Burlington Northern Santa Fe intermodal railyard near the Port of Los Angeles.
Intermodal train
22 Aug 2014
The U.S. rail regulatory agency is asking the seven major U.S. and Canadian railroads, along with short lines, to explain how they will handle the expected surge of intermodal traffic, noting the situation has been “challenging.”
19 Aug 2014
U.S. Class I railroads are betting on tighter truck capacity, along with a surge of intermodal traffic, to allow them to kick domestic intermodal rate hikes into a higher gear.
BNSF Alliance intermodal center
19 Aug 2014
Distribution centers and manufacturing plants are increasingly springing up around U.S. intermodal terminals, as shippers aim to reduce drayage costs and overall tightening truck capacity fuels intermodal volume growth.
BNSF locomotive
19 Aug 2014
BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are steadily reducing a backlog of grain shipments, but agricultural shippers warn the true test of whether they can handle the upcoming harvest will come quickly, in a week or two.
Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 16, 2014
16 Aug 2014
Diversions related to the ongoing negotiations on the U.S. West Coast between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue to have an impact elsewhere.
13 Aug 2014
A First Nation group has suspended its plan to stop Canadian National Railway from operating a line connecting the Port of Prince Rupert to the rest of the railroad’s network until Aug. 25.
12 Aug 2014
Despite the loss of a refrigerated rail pioneer, other operators say they are still growing and that they’re better shielded from poor rail performance than Cold Train was.