Rail & Intermodal

Rail & Intermodal

The latest news, analysis, and developments affecting rail transport globally. Rail transport in the United States is dominated by privately held Class I railroads such as BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways also operate in the United States.  

News & Analysis

25 Jan 2021
Maersk has teamed up with intermodal rail giant Container Corporation of India to offer block train movement from Kolkata to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to feed the carrier’s weekly long-haul sailings out of the busy public harbor.
21 Nov 2013
WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board member nominated by President Obama told Congress Thursday that it “wasn’t
21 Nov 2013
China Shipping (North America) has plans to relocate its customer service center in Houston and its intermodal center in Chicago to make way for a new...
Top 36 lane index, week of November 18, 2013. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
21 Nov 2013
An index of U.S. intermodal rates fell once again in the week ending Nov. 18, pulled lower by declines in all four directional indices. The overall index rate of the top 36 U.S. lanes decreased 2.2 percent, or $46, to $2,076, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. The index has fallen roughly $70 during the past two weeks.
Railroad tracks
20 Nov 2013
As the frequency of Asia-Europe rail services increases costs will gradually fall, encouraging more shippers to turn to intermodal options to avoid the high cost of air freight and the slow steaming transit times available from lines, one leading logistics executive believes.
Stack trains.
19 Nov 2013
It’s far from a surge of optimism, but shippers’ expectations on how much freight they move via land, sea and air in the coming months is the second highest in the past six quarters.
DHL facility
15 Nov 2013
The 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide grew more slowly in 2012 as the global economy sputtered, increasing revenue only 2.6 percent compared with a more robust 8.4 percent combined growth rate in 2011.
15 Nov 2013
The combined revenue of the world’s largest logistics and transportation companies rose to $670.4 billion from $653.4 billion in 2011, according to SJ Consulting Group. Logistics companies — topped by Germany’s $55 billion DHL, the world’s largest transportation and logistics provider — held the largest share of that combined revenue, $234.7 billion, or 35 percent of the total, followed by ocean carriers, led by $40.5 billion A.P. Moller-Maersk, which owns the world’s largest container line — Maersk Line — and accounted for nearly 30 percent of Top 50 revenue.
Natural gas tank
13 Nov 2013
CSX and GE Transportation have agreed to launch a pilot program in 2014 to explore liquefied natural gas technology for locomotives.
Mariposa port of entry
13 Nov 2013
The share of U.S.-Mexico surface trade by value being transported via the rails is increasing, suggesting shippers are shifting more loads to intermodal transport from the highway.
U.S. diesel prices through Nov. 11, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
13 Nov 2013
U.S. diesel prices decreased for a third straight week in the week ending Nov. 11. During the three-weeks slump, the average price fell roughly 15 cents, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Thumbnail of rail interactive
12 Nov 2013
U.S.-based major railroads’ profit growth surged back in the third quarter, as resilient pricing and increased operational efficiencies overcame a 2.8 percent drop in total volume hauled compared to the same period last year.
Top 36 U.S. lanes, week of November 4, 2013. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
07 Nov 2013
An index of U.S. intermodal rates saw a slight increase in the week ending Nov. 4 after two consecutive weeks of decline. The overall index rate of the top 36 U.S. lanes inched up 0.4 percent, or $9.03, to $2,145, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS.
Textainer container
07 Nov 2013
Textainer Group Holdings reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $41.3 million, dropping 18.0 percent year-over-year from $50.4 million.
05 Nov 2013
Container shortages aren’t expected to squeeze most U.S. grain and soybean exporters until early next year, but there are already signs of scarcity. Although inbound holiday goods are still delivering ample supplies of containers for Midwest exports, supplies will tighten as container carriers scale back their operations during the typically slow winter months, said Justin Cauley at agriculture marketing company Scoular.
Genesee & Wyoming
04 Nov 2013
Genesee & Wyoming reported a net income of $66.2 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $19.6 million in the same period last year.
01 Nov 2013
BNSF Railway profit rose nearly 5.6 percent year-over-year to $989 million in the third quarter, as revenue expanded 5.8
J.B. Hunt intermodal
01 Nov 2013
Trucking’s early third quarter earnings reports looked better than might be expected in a sluggish and inconsistent economy. That’s largely because the first publicly owned motor carriers past the quarterly post took advantage of opportunities to move more freight by intermodal rail, diversified their over-the-road services and, most important, protected profit margins in the quarter.
31 Oct 2013
China’s HNA Group has completed the acquisition of TIP Trailer Services, Europe’s largest truck and trailer leasing company, from GE Capital.
West to East lanes, week of October 28, 2013. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
30 Oct 2013
An index of U.S. intermodal rates inched down for a second consecutive week in the week ending Oct. 28, pulled down by declines in eastbound and westbound U.S. lanes. The overall index rate slipped 0.1 percent or $2.22, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS, to $2,136.
30 Oct 2013
CAI International reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $15.3 million, falling 9 percent year-over-year from $16.8 million.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, Oct. 23. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
29 Oct 2013
A combination of increased transloading, healthy agriculture exports and moderate retail imports are likely the reason the number of 40-foot container available for outbound shipments was below zero for the 20th straight week ending Oct. 23.
U.S. diesel prices through Oct. 28, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
29 Oct 2013
U.S. diesel prices continued to edge down in the week ending Oct. 28, the eighth straight week without an increase. During this slump, the average price is down a total of 11.1 cents, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
29 Oct 2013
Container Corp. of India reported its net income in the second fiscal quarter, which ended Sept. 30, was $40 million, climbing 5 percent from $38 million in the year-ago period.
Norfolk Southern double-stack train
28 Oct 2013
28 Oct 2013
ASF Intermodal has opened an intermodal drayage facility in the Chicago area.
28 Oct 2013
Universal Truckload Services reported net income of $13.7 million in the third quarter of 2013, falling 8.7 percent year-over-year from $15.1 million.
Train track
25 Oct 2013
GATX reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was basically flat year-over-year at $53.8 million.
Overall index, week of October 21, 2013. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
24 Oct 2013
An index of U.S. intermodal rates fell in the week ending Oct. 21, following five straight weeks of increases. The index rate suffered a $24 decline, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS, slipping 1.1 percent to $2,138.
Produce
24 Oct 2013
A newly launched intermodal company aims to provide direct transport of produce from farms to major North American supermarkets by following the shifting growing season.
24 Oct 2013
Patrick Ottensmeyer, Kansas City Southern’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, explains the appeal of near-shoring in Mexico and addresses the question of security and safety concerns there.
24 Oct 2013
Vann Cunningham, assistant vice president of Economic Development for BNSF, on the driving trends behind the growth of logistics hubs and the community involvement behind projects such as Logistics Park Kansas City.
24 Oct 2013
Randy Bayles, director of international intermodal, Norfolk Southern, explains short-haul intermodal basics, working with
Brian Bowers, Kansas City Southern’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, intermodal and automotive
24 Oct 2013
Brian Bowers, Kansas City Southern’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, intermodal and automotive, on activity in Mexico, specifically the growth of Lazaro Cardenas and the impact of recent relocations by car manufacturers.
Match-back train
23 Oct 2013
It sounds elementary: An exporter in an interior location needs empty containers.
Grain silos in Idaho.
23 Oct 2013
U.S. farmers expect to harvest bumper corn and wheat crops this year, which should more than reverse the shortfall caused by last year’s drought.