Finance/Leasing

I’m sitting here during the Dog Days of summer recuperating from major surgery as well as the experience of advising one of the potential purchasers of GE’s railcar leasing business,…
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…
In October 2010 Fifth Third Bank did what we wish every bank would do: It hired a rail finance veteran to head its Surface Transportation Division. Rob Hart is a…
How Union Pacific achieved a record 8.6-day car cycle time. For many years, freight car shortages plagued the railroad industry.
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…
The view from the top  Before we move on to our CEO interviews, we thought it might be appropriate to reflect upon an event that has been reported in the…
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…
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…
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…
These are tough times for prognosticators—especially those of us who have been doing it for decades in the rail industry. In the case of this writer, it has been almost…
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