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What gives with these full order books?
A good friend of mine who practices transportation finance in London, Jacqui Nelson, recently asked me about the condition of the U.S. economy. She reported that the “City” of London…
Cincinnati eyes TIGER funds for streetcar
Supporters of Cincinnati’s streetcar proposal, coming off an Election Day victory fending off the proposal’s opponents, reportedly now hope to obtain $56 million in federal funds to restore the full…
Cincinnati streetcar survives anti-rail effort
A majority of Cincinnati voters Tuesday stood by current plans to reintroduce streetcars to the city, rejecting Issue 48, a ballot measure that would have banned any city funds to…
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. Some analysts…
2012 Railroad Financial Desk Book: Stability
Welcome to this year’s edition of the Railroad Financial Desk Book. Each year we try our best to take a look back and a look forward to see if we…
A primer, of sorts, for operating lessors
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,…
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…
Fifth Third Bank invests in experience
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…
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.
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…
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