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

19 Oct 2020
The rail agreement between Canadian Pacific and Maersk follows the mid-September announcement that the two companies will build and operate a transload and distribution facility at CP’s existing terminal in Vancouver.
20 Aug 2015
Duisburg boosted container traffic by 10 percent in the first half of the year, shrugging off German rail freight strikes and China’s economic slowdown, to consolidate its position as the world’s biggest inland port.
18 Aug 2015
U.S. truckload rates continued to rise in July and domestic intermodal pricing dropped, as shippers continued to find it more and more difficult to justify converting business from highway to rail, according to Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.
13 Aug 2015
Shippers looking to use rail between Europe and China have another option to consider as companies continue to
12 Aug 2015
The surge in freight traffic that began in April dissipated in July, as shipments dropped 1.6 percent from June, the latest Cass Freight Index shows. That's a normal seasonal trend, Cass said, pointing out that volumes are still higher than in 2013 and the early economic recovery.
12 Aug 2015
Canadian National Railway’s President and CEO Claude Mongeau said Wednesday he will take a three-month leave of absence to address significant health concerns.
11 Aug 2015
Norfolk Southern Railway says infrastructure improvements and added locomotives are improving network velocity, but the railroad’s intermodal train speeds, an indicator of network reliability, tell a different story.
11 Aug 2015
Shippers wanting to better track their containers railed from Europe to Asia have a new option, reflecting not only the rush of interest in the rapidly growing trade lane but also the persistent threats of theft — often from customs inspectors.
11 Aug 2015
Hub Group’s President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Yeager has resigned from his post, a move one analyst called a “surprising and abrupt” departure from the Chicago area-based intermodal rail provider.
10 Aug 2015
Ports in the U.S. Southeast — the country’s fastest growing — are aggressively spreading their intermodal rail reach into the hinterland, giving shippers facing higher truck rates and capacity shortages an added incentive.
10 Aug 2015
Following rapidly in the wake of the launch of weekly containerized rail service for a rival Santos port terminal, Grupo Libra has gained its own service with rail operator MRS Logistica to serve its two right bank terminals.
08 Aug 2015
Canadian National Railway plans to invest C$20 million to expand its cold supply chain capacity to help producers and distributors of chilled and frozen foods increase business in North American and overseas markets.
06 Aug 2015
Intermodal shippers using Kansas City Southern Railway can expect improve after train speeds slowed during recent track work, and a surge of coal and crude oil volumes hit the network.
06 Aug 2015
The latest multimodal option introduced to the One Belt, One Road trade initiative linking China and Europe comes from the Caspian Sea port of Baku in Azerbaijan that this week greeted the arrival of its first block train.
05 Aug 2015
After modest intermodal growth in the second quarter, railroads and the top intermodal trade association maintain intermodal growth will kick into a higher gear before the end of the year.
04 Aug 2015
In the latest leadership change at Norfolk Southern Corporation, the company announced Tuesday that Deborah Butler, chief information officer and executive vice president of planning, will be retiring October 1.
04 Aug 2015
Shippers moving containerized cargo between China and Central Europe and Central Asia can soon tap a new transport corridor connecting China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan via rail and a new seaport in the Azeri capital of Baku.
03 Aug 2015
With carload volume, particularly coal shipments, declining and railroads’ enviable profit growth slowing, the acknowledgement shared during second-quarter earnings calls that intermodal has lost share to truck reflects not only the dynamism of surface transportation but a rare case in which railroads must step up their game or lose valuable business.
31 Jul 2015
Kansas City Southern Railway’s new Wylie Intermodal Terminal will not only help handle anticipated growth in intermodal conversion in the Dallas area, but strengthen the railroad’s networks serving Mexico and the U.S. Southeast.
31 Jul 2015
Russia plans to significantly increase the volume of its container trade with Japan by building a new rail bridge that will connect Sakhalin, Russia's largest island in the north Pacific Ocean, with Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island.
30 Jul 2015
State-owned Container Corporation of India is expanding its intermodal services connecting the country’s southeastern container ports, beginning its second rail service to a southeastern port in as many months.
28 Jul 2015
BNSF Railway is cracking down on dwell times in its intermodal terminals in an effort to improve circulation and prepare for recent and anticipated growth in intermodal traffic.
28 Jul 2015
28 Jul 2015
Airlines flying cargo between China and Europe will be hit hardest by Beijing’s One Belt, One Road trade strategy as the land bridge rail route proves too attractively priced to ignore, believes Steve Flowers, head of global freight forwarding at UPS.
27 Jul 2015
The operators of the first containerized rail train from China to the Port of Rotterdam will be followed by others in August and September, another sign of growing Asia-Europe rail momentum.
27 Jul 2015
U.S. freight volume will jump 29 percent in the next 11 years, with growing energy production resulting in pipelines taking a larger slice of total tonnage, and trucking and railroads’ seeing their share shrink, according to report released Monday.
27 Jul 2015
Norfolk Southern Railway’s second-quarter earnings this year were not unlike its Class I counterparts: modest intermodal growth unable to combat declining fuel surcharge revenue and a soft coal market.
24 Jul 2015
Canadian National Railway is working to replicate the success it’s had at Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert in the warmer waters of Mobile, Alabama.
24 Jul 2015
Embraport in the Port of Santos has seen its prospects improve with the addition of regular rail service, adding a new dynamic to the lively competition for container traffic taking place in the country.
23 Jul 2015
Increased intermodal traffic and higher rates on cargo weren’t enough to offset significant overall freight and coal losses in the second quarter for Union Pacific Railroad.
23 Jul 2015
The combined impact of rising operating costs and sluggish domestic intermodal volume growth amid intense competition from private rail operators drove state-owned Container Corporation of India’s first quarter net profit down 26.5 percent year-over-year to approximately $32.5 million.
22 Jul 2015
Hub Group said the intermodal rail service of its two major partners, Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway, is improving, albeit not fully recovered, delivering a better financial performance than the prior quarter.
21 Jul 2015
Still riding a wave of U.S.-bound intermodal cargo, Canadian National Railway surprised Wall Street analysts this week, posting a better-than-anticipated second quarter.
21 Jul 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway’s domestic intermodal push appears to be losing steam after the railroad's volume growth decelerated to slowest pace in nearly a year.
21 Jul 2015
The Port of Mombasa’s aspirations to remain the largest container port in East Africa were dealt a blow after the Uganda government said that it would not prioritize the building of a multi-purpose freight railway between Kampala and the Rwandan capital of Kigali.
20 Jul 2015
Canadian National Railway net income rose $4.6 million year-over-year in the second quarter, as intermodal volume and revenue growth, along with improved operations, offset carload softness.