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Freight cars: A red-hot market
What the sudden surge in orders means for carbuilders and their customers. A giant bulge in freight car orders in this year’s first quarter sent waves of optimism through an…
High-riding CSX rewards its shareholders
CSX Corp., a Wall Street favorite because of its high earnings and low operating ratio, announced moves today that are likely to strengthen its appeal to investors. CSX announced that…
Big spending’s big payoff
Prudent and persistent capital investment has positioned Union Pacific for a robust recovery. For a railroad the size of Union Pacific, planning and spending multibillion-dollar capital budgets is an exercise in…
What impact on Class II and III?
Although the Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was written primarily for the Class I's, many of the short line and regional railroads that touch roughly one out of every…
AAR’s “smart sixteen”
The Association of American Railroads Affiliated Laboratory Program is a primary way in which the railroads maintain awareness of, adopt, and assimilate new technologies. This program also provides a pool…
Virginia: Amtrak to Norfolk an added service
Virginia’s plans to expand Amtrak passenger rail service to Norfolk, Va., will be pursued without sacrificing Amtrak’s current route through the state’s Tidewater region, which terminates at Newport News, on…
CN’s productivity pipeline
Writing a new chapter in an extraordinary success story. Paul Tellier took Canadian National public with stunning success, Hunter Harrison’s Precision Railroading model took CN to performance levels that led…
The power of GREEN
In our environmentally conscious society, “green” is probably the most overused or misused word in the English language. Few industries can really stand up and shout that they’re green. The…
For Volkswagen, versatility
Auto-Max® makes the grade in Mexico. Most, if not all, of the advances in motor vehicle transport by rail have come about through cooperative efforts involving the railroads, railroad suppliers,…
Canadian Pacific charts a comeback course
Bigger is indeed better for this transcontinental carrier, which is operating some of the longest freight trains in North America.
Matt Rose and Warren Buffett: Managing the business
According to information in BNSF’s 10Q quarterly filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company paid a dividend of $250 million to Warren Buffett, its only stockholder.
Will intermodal lead the recovery?
If the past few months are any indication, the answer is yes. Just ask BNSF.
KCS: Performance, productivity, profitability
Kansas City Southern looks to its new international intermodal corridor for sustained growth.
Pushing the productivity envelope
Track time is a precious commodity. Suppliers of high-productivity m/w machines enable railroads to make the most of it.
2010 Midyear Report: Why investors are switching to rail
Solid earnings in a shaky economy is one reason. The emerging picture of a growth industry is another.
Investors focus on pricing power
The economic downturn brought a great deal of hardship to carriers across the supply chain. Many shippers took the opportunity to re-bid their trucking contracts out of cycle, placing even…
Big spending’s big payoff
Prudent and persistent capital investment has positioned Union Pacific for a robust recovery.
436 mpg, and beyond
Can the industry’s much-touted fuel efficiency number be improved?
Crossties: Color them green
They don’t usually show up on the industry’s “green” index, but the millions of crossties in place make a solid contribution to a better environment.
How CSX will invest $1.7 billion
With capacity available, this is a good time to buy freight cars, says Michael Ward. So he’s buying about 1,400.
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