It’s Tough to Run a Railroad

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE SEPTEMBER 2023 ISSUE: It has been a tough summer for North American rail. There’s the ongoing scrutiny of potentially intimidating practices of the railroads against whistle blowers. Then


A CARB-Free Diet Will Require Magic Beans

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE AUGUST 2023 ISSUE: The new locomotive market has languished since 2016 the year prior to implementation of Tier IV emissions standards. In 2015 and 2016, according to David


Rail Insights Conference Roundup

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE JULY 2022 ISSUE: At the 2023 iteration of the Rail Insights conference, hosted by Railway Age, broad scoping coverage of current and future rail industry related topics were

Hopes For a Second-Half Rebound

GUIDE TO EQUIPMENT LEASING, RAILWAY AGE JUNE 2023 ISSUE: Summertime is fast approaching. With the COVID-19 pandemic “officially” over, it is time to turn attention to different matters, such as the immanent

The late E. Hunter Harrison

What Do We Owe the Deceased?

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE MAY 2023 ISSUE: Chat bots and AI are all the rage these days. Whether it is BingAI, BardAI or, fantasies of Terminatoresque or chatbot romance abound. (See

David Nahass, Railway Age Financial Editor

Rail Equipment Finance 2023 Key Takeaways

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE APRIL 2023 ISSUE: In its 37th iteration, Tony Kruglinski’s Rail Equipment Finance Conference (REF) once again took place at the oasis in the desert: The LaQuinta Resort and

Forget H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act. 45G Is What Counts

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE, MARCH 2023 ISSUE: Oftentimes, “Financial Edge” gets an earful from readers—sometimes congratulatory like a Home Depotesque slogan: “You nailed it.” Other times there’s criticism, like being too much in the railroads’ pockets in supporting the industry’s safety record.


‘Where Are The Loads? There Ought To Be Loads’

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE FEBRUARY 2023 ISSUE: January is always an unusual month. Holiday coziness is quickly exchanged for the realities of credit card bills, a “don’t talk to me about what you did in 2022; what are you going to do for me in 2023?” attitude from employers (apologies to JFK) and a new set of 52 weeks over which to compare railcar loadings. Ask any fan from any football team trying to survive through the NFL playoffs: January is an odd month.

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North American Rail Craves Stability. A New Year’s Resolution to That Effect Might Be in Order

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE JANUARY 2023 ISSUE: There is a reason why John Lennon wrote songs and Financial Edge is a column. Perhaps a restatement of what Rolling Stone noted about the Maroon 5 version of “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” is in order: Quickie quiz: Are you John Lennon? No! Are you Yoko Ono? Also no! The next question should be easy: On what planet are you qualified to remake their classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”? Not this one!

Trinity Industries on Oct. 3 reported that it will supply a mix of 15,000 newly built tank and freight railcars to GATX through 2028, with GATX having an option to order up to 500 more railcars per year from 2023 to 2028.

What a Difference a Day Makes

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE DECEMBER 2022 ISSUE: The editorial staff at Railway Age follows the “old school” code of the postman emblazoned on New York’s City General Post Office. “Neither snow nor rain …” (you know the rest) keeps the RA team delivering the goods month in and month out.