Yard Dwell

The Yard Dwell Time Report is a measure of the weekly average terminal dwell time, measured in hours, for the 10 largest terminals for each carrier. This information can help in determining the efficiency of each terminal, and give you reliable information for planning rail routes. Data for the Yard Dwell Time Report is derived from information reported by Class 1 railroads to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on a weekly basis. This data excludes cars on a run-through basis and includes only U.S. operations for Canadian railways.

Why is this important?

How can data on Rail Yard Dwell Time help you? By monitoring the time it takes railroads to move cars through classification yards, you can identify and anticipate where your transit times may be affected. Most shippers rely on notices of late shipments to be informed of service delays. Monitoring railroad tracking performance data for yard dwell allows you to be more proactive.

Using this information, you can forecast where your railcars might see longer delays, and plan accordingly. You can also see which months or quarters tend to see increased rail yard dwell time across multiple terminals. You can also use the Rail Yard Dwell Time report to forecast dwell times in given areas, make comparisons between terminals or rail carriers, and more.

Trains Delayed

The Trains Delayed Report shows, as a weekly average, the daily number of loaded and empty trains held short of destination or scheduled interchange for longer than six consecutive hours. This information can help you anticipate delays from particular railroads or during particular times, and adjust your schedule or route accordingly. If you are experiencing more delays than expected, you can also use the Trains Delayed Report to measure your delays against the average for each rail carrier. This report uses information provided by Class I railroads to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on a weekly basis. This data does not include yards or local trains and includes only U.S. operations for Canadian railways.

Why is this important?

The weekly average of trains delayed can provide helpful insights into a railroad’s performance. This data can also show you when you might expect more delays, especially when working with specific carriers. With the Trains Delayed Report, you can monitor railroad performance data and anticipate where your transit times might be affected. You can also compare the performance of different rail carriers when you can choose between them. It’s also helpful to compare rail carriers across different time periods, and see when delays affect specific railroads and how much. This way, your forecasted transit times will be more accurate and you can mitigate the effects of unexpected delays.

Cars Held

The Total Cars Held Report shows the average number of cars in revenue service that have not moved in 48 hours or more. This information is based on daily snapshots taken throughout the week, according to information provided by Class 1 railroads to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on a weekly basis. This information is useful in determining which railroads are affected by service issues, when you might expect longer holding times, and how you might anticipate or plan for these events.

This data set includes loaded and empty moves for all car types. It does not include cars placed at a customer facility, in constructive placement, placed for interchange to another carrier, in bad order status, in storage, or operating in railroad service. In addition, only U.S. operations are included for Canadian railways. Please note that the railroads changed their reporting method on March 29, 2017. Prior to that date, they reported the weekly number of cars instead of the daily average.

Why is this important?

How can you use the Total Cars Held Report? Monitoring railroad tracking data for the frequency of cars held by each carrier allows you to quickly identify carriers experiencing service issues, and those that are making improvements. You can also view data between carriers and make comparisons. This information can help you make the most informed decisions when selecting a transit facility or rail route. In addition, you can forecast cars held according to a date range or carrier you are working with. Some months or quarters may see a spike in cars held for certain railroads, while others may see gradual increases, decreases, or relatively steady advancement.

Cars Online

The Weekly Cars Online Report shows the total amount of cars operational by North American Class I Railroads, with a historical perspective. You can use this information to monitor the historical trends of organization’s operational cars.

Why is this important?

There are many instances where it may be useful for shippers to analyze and compare operational car data by railroad over time. For instance, this data, as well as other data points, can be an indication of how a carrier is performing, or if there are particular times of the year where cars are offline or online. This can help inform your shipping and logistical planning decisions.

Weekly Carloads

The Weekly Carloads Report shows the weekly volume of carloads carried by the major railroads in North America. Carloads carried is the sum of carloads originated and carloads received from connecting railroads. This information can show not only the volume that a rail carrier transports, but also indicates the general market share of each carrier.

The Weekly Carloads by Commodity Report and Weekly Carloads by Commodity Group Report shows the total carload rail traffic originated by commodity group for North American Railroad. Carload traffic is classified into 20 major commodity categories, such as coal, chemicals, grain, and primary metal products. You can use this information to monitor rail traffic in your specific industry.

Why is this important?

How can this information help you? There are many instances where it may be useful for shippers to analyze and compare carload volume and market share data by railroad. For instance, this data, as well as other data points, can be an indication of how aggressive a carrier may be in their pricing relative to their competition. This can help inform your rail rate negotiations. Carriers that are quickly increasing their weekly volume may be more likely to negotiate and buy your business from competitors.

Railroad tracking data of carload volume by commodity can help you monitor the shipping environment for your products. Is volume increasing or decreasing? When carload volumes drop, the rail carriers tend to price more aggressively to hopefully stimulate more activity. Conversely, as volumes increase, the rail carriers often elevate pricing as a result of the increase in demand. This data can help you refine your rail rate negotiation strategies, and find which rail carriers might be most willing to negotiate with you based on the type of commodities that you work with. You can also use the information to make forecasts for your commodities based on the historic traffic for particular months, seasons, or quarters.

Finally, if you are analyzing a recent price spike or a gradual price increase that you’ve experienced across your rail route, you can use the commodity reporting to see if this price increase makes sense for your commodity, or if it’s time to renegotiate.

Weekly Carload Comparison

The Weekly Carload Yearly Comparison is a general indicator of the sum of the Carloads for the Class I carriers over the last three years.

Why is this important?

A Yearly comparison of Weekly Carloads is an important tool to see an overall, historical, viewpoint of the rail shipping industry. Historical data and trends can be used to inform future planning, logistics, and data points.

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