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Commentary

Intermodal service is sliding back downhill, and things could get worse if federal regulators slow down crude oil trains, a move that would take velocity out of the entire network.

News & Analysis

14 Dec 2012
The U.S. government forecast is far from robust, but railroads would welcome any improvement, or even stabilization.
U.S. Rail Cargo
12 Dec 2012
Weekly year-over-year percent change and week-to-week percent change through Nov. 17, 2012.*
30 Nov 2012
Russian Railways has sold the remaining 25 percent stake in Freight One for 50 billion roubles ($1.6 billion) to Independ
29 Nov 2012
Class I railroad Norfolk Southern has completed a major upgrade to its Lamberts Point export coal transload facility, commonly known as Pier 6, in Norfolk, Va., which transfers coal hauled by train from Appalachian coal fields to ships bound for international markets.
12 Oct 2012
U.S. intermodal rail shipments rose 3.8 percent year-over-year in the week ending Oct.
30 Jul 2012
Colorado’s San Luis Valley is a favorite destination among railroad fans.
24 Jul 2012
Rail Logistics-Cold Train is expanding its refrigerated intermodal service, bringing its container fleet up to 300 53-foot units and adding East Coast destinations.
23 Jul 2012
Pessimists looking for signs of a poor U.S. economy for the rest of the year should look elsewhere than on the railroads.
16 Jul 2012
The class action price-fixing lawsuit looming over the United States’ four largest railroads will likely rival the
16 Jul 2012
Intermodal shipments on major U.S. railroads in the week ending July 7 rose 5.6 percent year-over-year but fell 1.2 percent from the prior week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
12 Jul 2012
Bold plans to boost coal exports to Asia through Northwest ports will likely slow intermodal and grain shipments, resulting in higher freight rates and equipment costs, according to a new study commis
02 Jul 2012
Union Pacific Railroad CEO and President Jack Koraleski said the railroad is on track for annual year-over-year volume growth and record 2012 profit.
21 Jun 2012
Intermodal shipments on major U.S.
11 Jun 2012
The U.S. rail shippers don’t appear to heeding the warnings of a national economic slowdown.
31 May 2012
U.S. intermodal shipments on major railroads in the week ending May 26 rose 4.3 percent year-over-year and 1.2 percent from the week before, according to the Association of American Railroads.
25 May 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway said it will have to lay off up 3,400 workers if the union doesn’t e
24 May 2012
Intermodal freight volume hauled by U.S. railroads rose 3.1 percent in the week ending May 19, as containerized intermodal freight continued a steady ascent.
11 May 2012
U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending May 5 rose 3 percent year-over-year but slipped 1.4 percent from the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
24 Apr 2012
Norfolk Southern reported record profit for the first quarter, as the railroad’s pricing power on slim volume growth boosted earnings 26 percent year-over-year to $410 million.
23 Apr 2012
Canadian National Railway profit in the first quarter jumped 16 percent year-over-year to $781.3 million, as the largest Canadian railroad saw double-digit revenue growth in six of its seven business
23 Apr 2012
The impact of declining coal business on East Coast railroads may have been greatly exaggerated, but the recent sharp fall-off in those volumes foreshadows a future in which CSX Transportation and Nor
17 Apr 2012
CSX boosted first quarter revenue 6 percent year-over-year to nearly $3 billion despite volume rising only 1 percent, exemplifying the strong pricing power major railroads have amid moderate freight g
16 Apr 2012
U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending April 7 rose 1.1 percent year-over-year and fell. 4.7 percent from the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
16 Apr 2012
Rail Logistics-Cold Train and Interstate Distributor forged a partnership in which Cold Train will use a dedicated fleet of trucks from Interstate Distributor for short-haul drayage service to and fro
05 Apr 2012
U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending March 31 rose 3.6 percent year-over-year and 4.5 percent from the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
04 Apr 2012
Union Pacific Railroad anticipates “slow but steady” growth in freight volume this year, driven by the industrial products sector and continued diversion of traffic from over-the-road truc
29 Mar 2012
U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending March 24 rose 4.2 percent year-over-year and 2.3 percent from the week before, according to the Association of American Railroads.
26 Mar 2012
Mexico’s rail industry is poised for growth, especially in intermodal shipments.
23 Mar 2012
U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending March 17 rose 2 percent year-over-year, and traffic was flat on a week-to-week basis, according to the Association of American Railroads.
23 Mar 2012
Coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, and iron ore from the U.S.
22 Mar 2012
Shippers on Thursday got their shot to tell the Surface Transportation Board that it’s unfair for them to pay higher rates to BNSF Railway because of the $8.1 billion premium Berkshire Hathaway
15 Mar 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway will haul an additional 2 million tons of frac sand annually through a recently signed multiyear agreement with Unimin, a major producer of industrial minerals.
08 Mar 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway said it would further tap the Bakken crude oil boom this summer by opening a North Dakota hub initially capable of handling 35,000 barrels daily.
05 Mar 2012
U.S. rail growth this year is expected to outpace overall economic expansion as manufacturing expands and the shifting energy landscape gives as well as takes.