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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

NEARS 2020 Conference Recap

The North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) hosted its annual fall conference remotely September 21, 2020 – Sep 25, 2020. The NEARS 2020 conference consisted of several attendees that represented rail shippers, suppliers, and carriers. This was the first virtual event held by NEARS and proved to be very successful. It was a week-long […]

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. […]

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Norfolk Southern Postpones April-2020 Demurrage & Storage Changes

On December 1, 2019 the Norfolk Southern announced revisions to their NS 6004-D Demurrage and Storage tariff.  The changes that were to become effective April 1, 2020 involved the NS implementing a new tiered demurrage and storage structure to address cars held for seven (7) days or longer.  Chargeable per car per day rates for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]