Class I Railroads

News and analysis focused on shipping and Class I U.S. railroads such as CSX Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad and Kansas City Southern Railway.

 

Commentary

Despite private sector-based gains, the Surface Transportation Board, the agency in charge of overseeing private US freight railroads, has taken steps to impose onerous regulations on railroad operators that would erase much of the industry’s progress over the last 40 years.

News & Analysis

A Canadian National Rallway train traveling.
06 Dec 2018
Canadian National Railway also is the sole rail provider at the port of Halifax.
A double-stack train travels in the United States.
06 Dec 2018
The advantages of double-stack trains are well known; even so, Maryland stakeholders remain short a substantial some of money for the project.
Intermodal rail.
12 Nov 2018
As a shipper, whether you benefit from precision scheduled railroading (PSR) will likely hinge on how far you ship and where you ship from. In general, favorably situated shippers will probably experience superior service. But shippers in the wrong place could well find themselves back on the highway.
Canadian National Railway.
31 Oct 2018
The acquisition of Canada’s largest privately owned transport operator will help Canadian National “lay down track” into new markets as intermodal revenue increases.
Kansas City Southern Railway.
22 Oct 2018
Tight trucking capacity after the Mexico government introduced new regulations on truckers, along with congestion at the Pacific Coast Port of Manzanillo, have boosted Kansas City Southern's volume.
Trucks travel on a highway in near Toronto, Canada.
19 Oct 2018
The electronic logging device rule imposed in the United States in November has already affected Canadian trucking, both cross-border and domestic services.
CSX Transportation.
17 Oct 2018
CSX is the only Class I railroad offering better train speeds and lower terminal dwell times while volumes are on the rise.
An intermodal travels through California, United States.
10 Oct 2018
This has been a record year for US intermodal rail, but changes in shipping patterns apparently have lowered the autumn intermodal peak — or broken it into two smaller peaks.
CSX Transportation.
05 Oct 2018
The announcement is yet another decision to condense CSX’s vast intermodal network into precision scheduled railroading.
Intermodal freight train, Kansas, United States.
03 Oct 2018
It’s an axiom that certainly applies in the current US intermodal market: shop around. Even if they’re under contract, not every rate is better than spot truckload. And these price comparisons can save shippers money when every cent counts towards remaining within transportation budgets.
CSX Transportation.
02 Oct 2018
It’s the latest move in a shifting vision at CSX for the terminal, which the railroad hopes to make a central hub for Ohio freight but also includes logistical challenges for shippers and truckers.
Union Pacific Railroad.
01 Oct 2018
Union Pacific has doubled surcharges on rail shippers tendering excess freight out of Los Angeles. The railroad wants to carefully control volume because it believes that will lead to good service. Shippers can view this as a natural high point in pricing or shop around for a truck to see if the rate is competitive.
An intermodal train in Kansas, United States.
26 Sep 2018
Front-loading, probably prompted by concern about tariffs, has affected US intermodal transport this peak season, as well as ocean transport, creating a quieter rail September. However, shippers should note there are some signs of conditions heating up in a key section of the United States that could be a harbinger.
Union Pacific Railroad.
18 Sep 2018
Precision railroading’s supporters argue that by running longer trains and eliminating waste, shippers will receive a higher level of service. Critics argue it prioritizes shareholders over service.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States.
10 Sep 2018
Whether shippers moving goods through the US Southeast and Mid-Atlantic see delays and elevated truck rates for days or for weeks largely hinges on exactly where Hurricane Florence makes landfall and with how big of a wallop.
Appalachian Regional Port.
07 Sep 2018
An axiom argues, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and there’s no better example of that than what tight North American truck capacity has prompted.
CSX Transportation.
30 Aug 2018
CSX's steelwheel interchange alternation leaves the affected shippers with no easy, inexpensive substitutes.
BNSF.
28 Aug 2018
The proposed facility where containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be transferred to intermodal trains would be a boon to beneficial cargo owners and freight transportation interests for several reasons. But there's also a not-insignificant environmental benefit.
Union Pacific Railroad.
27 Aug 2018
The capacity challenges described here are not unique to railroad networks and terminals; they are persistent through the US supply chain. Further, while some solutions lie far in the future, there are several initiatives that could improve rail/intermodal service overnight.
An intermodal train in the United States.
24 Aug 2018
US intermodal demand continues to increase at a substantial rate, and in response railroads are deploying more equipment, technology, and people. But will that response be able to meet cargo demands this peak season?
Appalachian Regional Port.
22 Aug 2018
In the United States’ tight surface capacity market, the operative phrase in supply chain management is “minimize the truck transport variable,” and Georgia’s new inland port, the Appalachian Regional Port, aims to do that, and more.
CSX Transportation.
15 Aug 2018
These are relatively minor changes in destination terminals and don’t eliminate any existing service, although it will require some decisions on how to route cargo for the best price.
Railroad yard.
09 Aug 2018
In an era in which considerable, new intermodal business is there, US railroads argue they need to balance the interests of investors and shippers. Shippers argue there hasn’t been a balance.
Union Pacific Railroad.
08 Aug 2018
Union Pacific sent a notice to shippers Friday that the UMAX interline service would cease in 197 lanes on Sept. 17, blaming CSX Transportation service changes. CSX said the service change was necessary to manage evolving needs, the first step in CEO Jim Foote’s vision to implement precision railroading into the intermodal network.
CSX Transportation.
27 Jul 2018
Although CSX’s new CEO is a follower of the late, great E. Hunter Harrison’s precision railroading, there are reasons shippers should look for a softer approach to their concerns.
Canadian National Railway.
24 Jul 2018
Jean-Jacques Ruest has been with Canadian National since 1996, spending the last eight years as executive vice president.
Union Pacific Railroad.
13 Jul 2018
There's no 'leisurely summer' for Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz; he's working to build capacity and work through short-run imbalances, while bracing for impact of trade disputes.
Port of Vancouver.
27 Jun 2018
Shippers that had cargo delayed at Canada’s west coast ports last winter will monitor that region's ports and railroads to gauge whether service and infrastructure changes have resolved all issues.
Union Pacific Railroad in California.
27 Jun 2018
Yusen Terminals in Los Angeles, where Union Pacific is adjusting to a consolidation of shipments from the three former lines that formed the Ocean Network, is a major focus of the railroad’s attention.
21 Jun 2018
Sponsored: CP's Wahba on Asia, West Coast market demand, and 2018 intermodal expansion.
11 Jun 2018
Sponsored: Ferromex's Vice President Luis Hernandez on North American expansion strategy, and capacity, regulation challenges and opportunities for intermodal growth.
Canadian Pacific Railway.
30 May 2018
Less than 24 hours after engineers and conductors walked out and joined the picket line, Canadian Pacific Railway reached a tentative, four-year deal with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
The Port of Prince Rupert.
30 May 2018
Ocean carriers, shippers, and other business decision makers have big plans for Canada, where strong container trade growth is expected in the immediate years ahead. The key task now is to fully fund vital infrastructure improvement and expansion projects to maintain that promising momentum.
Port of Charleston, South Carolina.
18 May 2018
The Port of Charleston and CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway have extended their terminal hours owing to emergency cable repairs on the James B. Edwards Bridge over the Wando River, but beneficial cargo owners should expect longer transit times during the next four weeks.
CSX Transportation.
16 May 2018
Rail shippers will not be able to send domestic containers to Detroit as of Sept. 1. Nearly a year after eliminating 327 origin and destination pairs, CSX Transportation will be ending all domestic intermodal involving Detroit.