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

17 Feb 2021
Texas is the epicenter of supply-chain damage caused by Winter Storm Uri, but the disruption is being felt nationwide. Mexican imports by truck may be delayed for days.
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.
Canadian Pacific
23 Oct 2013
Canadian Pacific reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was C$324 million, jumping 48 percent year-over-year.
Norfolk Southern Railway
23 Oct 2013
Norfolk Southern reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $482 million, increasing 20 percent year-over-year from $402 million.
Canadian National Railway
22 Oct 2013
Canadian National today reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 C$705 million (about US$685.3 million), rising 6.2 percent from C$664 million in the same period last year.
22 Oct 2013
Transportation and warehousing businesses added 23,000 jobs in September, mostly in transit and passenger transportation, as total nonfarm employment increased by 148,000 jobs, the U.S. Labor Department said on Oct. 22.
21 Oct 2013
Shipper acceptance of refrigerated rail has grown in the past several years as new services have proved reliable in intermodal and boxcar sectors.
Chassis
21 Oct 2013
It’s going to be some time before ocean carriers, trucking companies and equipment owners build a new chassis model as ship lines retreat from the business of providing the wheeled intermodal equipment. During the transition, technology providers such as IAS are providing ocean carriers, motor carriers and chassis owners with the capabilities to operate.
Kansas City Southern Railway
21 Oct 2013
Kansas City Southern reported its profit in the third quarter jumped 31.2 percent from $90.7 million in 2012 to $119.0 million in 2013.
21 Oct 2013
Hub Group reported profit in the third quarter of 2013 totaling $18.6 million, inching up year-over-year from $18.5 million.
18 Oct 2013
The U.S.
Image for "Captain Phillips"
18 Oct 2013
When “Captain Phillips,” Hollywood’s take on the April 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates on the Maersk Alabama, debuted on Oct. 11, it thrust the ocean shipping industry into the mainstream spotlight in a way no recent film has. But it’s certainly not the first film to do so, and it won’t be the last.
Overall index, week of October 14, 2013. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
17 Oct 2013
An index of U.S. intermodal rates climbed for a fifth straight week in the week ending Oct. 14, yielding a cumulative increase of $130, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. The overall rate rose 1.1 percent or $23 in the week to $2,162.
Union Pacific
17 Oct 2013
Union Pacific today reported its profit in the third quarter of 2013 was $1.15 billion, increasing 10 percent year-over-year from $1.04 billion.
Florida's Port Everglades
16 Oct 2013
Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledged that he would ask the Florida legislature to include $14.7 million in funding for Port Everglades’ Southport Turning Notch project.
CSX train
15 Oct 2013
CSX today reported its profit in the third quarter of 2013 was $463 million, or 46 cents per share, up from $455 million, or 44 cents per share, in the same period last year.
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference logo
15 Oct 2013
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, which represents about 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic coordinators at Canadian National...
14 Oct 2013
Bill Cassidy, Senior Editor, The Journal of Commerce, provides closing remarks on the successful JOC Inland Distribution 2013 conference in Kansas City, Mo.
11 Oct 2013
American Railcar Industries today announced that James Cowan, president and CEO of the hopper and tank railcar manufacturer, has resigned to “pursue other interests.”
FEC's new rail facility at Port Everglades is set for completion in mid-2014.
11 Oct 2013
Florida East Coast Railway has announced that its $53 million, 42.5-acre intermodal container transfer facility at Port Everglades is making progress and is expected to open in mid-2014.
10 Oct 2013
Adani Hazira Container Terminal and state-owned rail operator Container Corp. of India have reached an agreement to ensure an intermodal route connecting Tughlakabad and Dadri...
10 Oct 2013
Hub Group has lowered its expectations for the third quarter of 2013 to a range of 48 to 51 cents diluted earnings per share.
Overall index, week of October 7, 2013. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
09 Oct 2013
The index for the week ending Oct. 7 of U.S. intermodal rates climbed for a fourth straight week, with eastbound rate increases continuing to pull the average up, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. The overall rate rose 1.1 percent or $23 in the week to $2,139, yielding a cumulative increase of $107 over the past four weeks. Despite the increases, when comparing 18lanes of this index that have been recorded for the past year, the average is down 6.3 percent year-over-year.
U.S. diesel prices through Oct. 7, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
08 Oct 2013
07 Oct 2013
Indian Railways, which implemented a 15.0 percent “busy season” surcharge on Oct. 1 on all bulk commodities, is again revising its freight tariff.
A full Freightliner train departing London Gateway.
04 Oct 2013
Freightliner has run its first service out of London Gateway to collect import containers destined for the Midlands in England.
North American rail volumes through September 28, 2013. Source: Association of American Railroads
04 Oct 2013
North American intermodal volume for the week ending Sept. 28 was up 3.4 percent year-over-year, according to the Association of American Railroads. This marked three months of increases, with the most recent week of decline being June 29.
04 Oct 2013
Eurotunnel, the Anglo-French operator of the rail tunnel across the English Channel, warned that it could be forced to el
A BNSF train in New Mexico.
02 Oct 2013
BNSF Railway plans to spend an estimated $90 million on track and rail capacity improvement projects in New Mexico this year.
Changes in U.S. directional indices - Year-to-Date. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
02 Oct 2013
The index of U.S. intermodal rates increased for a third straight week, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. The overall rate rose 1.6 percent, or $33, in the week ending Sept. 30 to $2,116.
01 Oct 2013
Grupo TMM has completed the sale of its truck and auto hauling assets and operations.