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Factors That Affect Your Railcar Shipments

When tracking railcars, there are several components that determine how complex your rail shipping is and how much time is needed to properly monitor your fleet and follow up on problem railcars. These factors can increase or decrease the complexity of your shipments. Streamlining rail operations begins with understanding each factor and how it affects […]

Executive Order: Focus on Enhancing Rail Competition

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden released specifics concerning his Executive Order to promote competition within the American economy. Among other concerns, the President’s Executive Order calls for sweeping reform of corporate monopolies in the areas of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, technology, and transportation. The Executive Order consists of 72 initiatives that will become the investigative […]

Why Complete Tank Car Qualifications Early in the Year

Bulk shipping by rail is no easy task. As shippers, whether you lease or own your railcars, they need to be shopped from time to time to complete a scheduled maintenance program or perform the annual qualifications for tank cars. Scheduling tank car qualifications can be problematic, to say the least, and can place constraints […]

Update on CSX’s Pan Am Railways and Quality Carriers Acquisition

CSX Transportation has had a busy start to July 2021, particularly, regarding its acquisitions of Pan Am Railways Inc., and Quality Carriers Inc. Since CSX’s announcement regarding their acquisition of the Pan Am Railway (PAR) on November 20, 2020, CSX has had to work through several regulatory obstacles. The US Surface Transportation Board (STB) reviewed […]

National Industrial Transportation League Statement on the Kansas City Southern Merger

NITL Statement The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) is the nation’s oldest and largest freight transportation association. Since 1907, the NITL has represented the shipping public in regulatory matters involving all modes of transportation. It was therefore a given that the Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) sought the NITL’s support of their respective […]

Transloading Equipment Requirements: What to Look for in a Transloading Facility

Transload facilities load and unload many different types of materials, from canned foods and bulk food products to plastics to chemicals and much more. Each of these materials requires certain transloading equipment to make its way safely and securely from the railcar and onto the next leg of its journey. As you plot the most […]

Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Faceoff for the Kansas City Southern

(updated May 24th, 2021) Tuesday, April 20th the Canadian National (CN) offered to acquire the Kansas City Southern (KCS) for $33.7 billion, setting the stage for both of Canada’s class I carriers to faceoff for the KCS. Merger Plans One month ago, the CP announced merger plans with the KCS that stipulated that CP acquire […]

6 Tips for Maintaining Food Safety in Rail Transit

Rail is a reliable shipping mode for many different types of materials, including food. Maintaining food safety during this process is essential. Knowing what to look out for and what to expect can help new food shippers maintain food safety and the quality of their products. 6 Tips for Maintaining Food Safety in Rail Transit […]

CSXT Transportation & Quality Carriers Strike a Deal: What Shippers Need to Know

CSX Corporation announced Wednesday May 12th, that it has signed an agreement with Quality Distribution to acquire bulk liquid chemicals transportation provider Quality Carriers Inc. (QC). No terms of the agreement were released. Headquartered in Tampa, FL, QC operates the largest liquid bulk chemical trucking network in North America. QC’s network of company terminals, independent […]

What is Rail Fuel Surcharge and Why is it Important?

What is Rail Fuel Surcharge? Simply put, Fuel Surcharge is a tool that was designed for railroads to recover the cost of fuel consumed to move railcars. Fuel Surcharge came about when the cost of fuel increased, and the railroads decided to pass the excess cost onto shippers. The railroads will apply Fuel Surcharge on […]

Canadian Pacific & Kansas City Southern Announce Merger Plans

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced that both Class I carriers have entered into an agreement to merge. The initial conditions of the merger stipulates that the CP will acquire KCS stock amounting to $29 billion and will assume the KCS’s outstanding debt estimated to be approximately $3.8 billion. As […]

Railroad Cost Indexes Explained

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) calculate several indexes to measure inflation, cost increases, and productivity across rail lines. These indexes can be used to measure the health and status of the rail industry.  Some rail contract rates are subject to a railroad cost index, and many contracts state […]

Rail Industry Update

As the year 2020 was winding down, we were all quick to look ahead to 2021. Though 2020 had been a trying year, what can we now expect as we move forward?  2020 may have left us with more questions than answers. While we can begin to see the beginning of the end of the […]

Winter Safety – Preparing Your Rail Served Facility

Inclement weather will likely challenge all rail customers at some point. With winter weather fast approaching, your rail-served facilities should take measures to prepare for freezing temperatures, sleet, snow, and ice that winter storms will bring. A winter preparedness plan including snow and ice removal will be required throughout the winter season, and is crucial […]

What’s New in OT-57? Everything You Need to Know

As you may know, the Railinc OT-5 application process has been dismantled and replaced with a new, simpler process, OT-57.  The main difference is that there is no longer an approval process. Railroads will not reject applications due to storage limitations or mechanical specification issues in UMLER.  As long as your railcar is on an […]