Consumer spending is slowing down a bit

Consumer spending is slowing down a bit

Two recent news items seem to indicate to us that consumer spending is slowing down a bit in the economy. First, last Friday CNBC reported the following on their website: “The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index tumbled to 70.2 in its preliminary August...
Rail traffic volumes for July 2021

Rail traffic volumes for July 2021

The American Association of Railroads has reported rail traffic volumes for July 2021. Please keep in mind that the comparison of this July to July 2020 is greatly influenced by the pandemic, which appears to still be affecting the economy (as well as the health of...
Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill Provides Little for Freight Rail

Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill Provides Little for Freight Rail

Discouraging News for Freight Rail July 29, 2021 The initial information about the so-called bi-partisan infrastructure bill is not too encouraging for freight rail. According to a release dated July 29, Railway Age indicates that of the total $66 billion for...
Rail Car Update July 6 2021

Rail Car Update July 6 2021

Rail Car – Train News This Week The American Association of Railroads has released the latest carload traffic information and there are a couple of items we find interesting to note. Here is a portion of the table they provided for the latest week’s data: Of...

Using Rail Cars for Shipping Freight

When choosing rail cars for shipping freight, companies quickly notice the cost advantages. It’s much easier to use rail cars for oversize or overweight loads instead of multiple trucks. It reduces issues with highway clearances and permitting. Rail is often a...

Rail Car Update June 28 2021

Apparently, the U.S. has a whole Bureau dedicated to transportation statistics; the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. There is a lot of information on their website; bts.gov. In looking at the wealth of information available, it seems one of their efforts is...
Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill Provides Little for Freight Rail

Texas Mexican Railway Company Laredo, TX

In 1881 the Corpus Christi, San Diego, and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad Company sold to William J. Palmer and James Sullivan, who was then involved in the construction of the Mexican National Railway between Nuevo Laredo and Mexico City. The new owners changed the...

Rail Car Update June 21 2021

On May 27, the chairman of the US Surface Transportation Board (STB) sent a letter to each of the Class I railroads expressing concerns about rail service problems, as reported by shippers. The letter indicated: “Although many shippers have reported that railroads are...
Rail traffic volumes for July 2021

Rail Cars for Sale – Commercial Use

Rail Cars for Sale – Commercial Use Many companies who deal with shipping large quantities of commodities use rail cars because of the greater control they have over the supply chain. Rail Cars give you direct control over the movement of inventory because you...