US Rail Traffic Trends – November 27th, 2021

US Rail Traffic Trends – November 27th, 2021

Last Wednesday, the Association of American Railroads released data regarding rail traffic for the most recent full week, and also for the month of November. For the month, AAR reported; “U.S. railroads originated 917,787 carloads in November 2021, up 2 percent, or...
Infrastructure bill that has recently passed through Congress

Infrastructure bill that has recently passed through Congress

Following is the press release issued by the Association of American Railroads with respect to the Infrastructure bill that has recently passed through Congress: “WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 6, 2021 – Last night, the House of Representatives approved bipartisan...
Encouraging signs about the railcar marketplace

Encouraging signs about the railcar marketplace

Railway Age published two articles a few days ago, both of which appear to show encouraging signs about the railcar marketplace. The first is regarding GATX Corp. and is as follows: “We continue to see improvement across our global railcar leasing markets,” GATX Corp....
Research performed on railcar demand

Research performed on railcar demand

Last week Railway Age provided a summary of research performed on railcar demand by Cowen and company. Cowen performs a survey of shippers which examines a number of factors, including the overall expectation of ordering railcars, types of railcars and similar...
(AAR) Rail Traffic Update

(AAR) Rail Traffic Update

In this week’s American Association of Railroads (AAR) rail traffic update, it was once again clear that intermodal traffic was less than desired. AAR reported: “Rail intermodal volume is clearly not what it has been and could be,” said AAR Senior Vice President John...
Rail traffic data for the week ending September 25

Rail traffic data for the week ending September 25

Late last week the American Association of Railroads (AAR) published rail traffic data for the week ending September 25th, and compared the traffic to the same week last year. Here is the data they provided: US Rail Traffic, Week Ending September 25, 2021 This Week...
Condition of the Nation’s Intermodal System

Condition of the Nation’s Intermodal System

We normally keep our focus upon freight rail excluding intermodal traffic in this blog. However, the condition of the Nation’s intermodal system does connect importantly not just to distribution and sale of finished goods, but also to imported parts and materials. So,...