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Will intermodal lead the recovery?
If the past few months are any indication, the answer is yes. Just ask BNSF. BNSF Railway posted a double-digit return on net investment for the 12 months ending June 30,…
Performance, productivity, profitability
Kansas City Southern looks to its new international intermodal corridor for sustained growth.Kansas City Southern is "the best growth story in rail." That proclamation, made recently by Dahlman Rose Director-Equity…
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…
Keeping rolling stock rolling
How Union Pacific achieved a record 8.6-day car cycle time. For many years, freight car shortages plagued the railroad industry.
King Intermodal: An investment in the future
Coal has always been extremely important to the rail industry, as highlighted by its well-earned moniker “King Coal.” Indeed, the marriage between coal and the railroads was a natural one, with…
Lack of alternative is not a regulatory concept
Rail shipper and carrier executives convened in San Francisco recently for the annual North American Rail Shippers Association meeting. Despite the anti-rail rhetoric of a minority of rail customers—who were…
Railroads at Midyear: New gains, new challenges
Ever since Warren Buffett gave his blessing to railroads by buying one, financial analysts and pundits have been examining this 175-year-old industry for clues to its re-emergence as a savvy…
U.S. freight carload traffic edges up
U.S. freight carload traffic moved up 0.3% during the week ending June 11, measured against the comparable week one year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. U.S. intermodal…
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.
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