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

5 Tips for Effectively Negotiating Rail Freight Rates

Understanding how the railroads price your commodity is a starting point for determining your ability to negotiate rail freight rates. Railroad pricing has been cyclical over the years, fluctuating between public tariffs and private contracts. With the use of differential pricing, the railroads may provide different rates to different shippers in similar lanes. Regardless of

Hurricane Update & Railroad Preparedness

Hurricanes cause more damage than any other type of weather catastrophe. These storms destroy homes and cities, as well as infrastructure. To survive a hurricane, and also to rebuild after the storm, hurricane preparedness for rail shippers is essential. The hurricane season of 2020 has already been intense, and will continue to bring more storms.

Recap of Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Summer Meeting

Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) was the main topic of discussion at the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) summer meeting in July. The schedule allowed attendees the opportunity to hear about PSR from three distinct perspectives. Class I railroads, short line railroads, and shippers. The following is a quick recap: Norfolk Southern’s Chairman, President and

Genesee & Wyoming Exploring Strategic Options

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (NYSE: GWR), the global rail short line holding company that owns or maintains an interest in 120 railroads throughout six countries is investigating options to strategically sell all or portions of its worldwide operation. During GWR’s Q1-2019 earnings report on April 30th, the GWR announced that while rail volumes were down

Railroad Demurrage – STB Hearing on May 22-23

It’s no secret that railroad demurrage charges and private car storage charges have become a big expense for many rail shippers and receivers. We have to admit it’s not all bad — it has increased demand for RSI’s railcar tracking system and services because shippers need to more closely plan, monitor, and control their railcar

Rising Demurrage Rates Prompts STB to Schedule Hearing

On a daily basis we speak with shippers that are looking for ways to improve their rail transportation. The most common concern that has been coming up lately is demurrage. It’s shocking how many companies are getting monthly rail demurrage bills in the high five figures or even in excess of $100k. It is just