How Does Railcar Leasing Work? Everything You Need to Know

How Does Railcar Leasing Work? Everything You Need to Know

Railcar leasing is a process where companies or individuals can “lease” or rent railcars from railroads or leasing companies. The lessee will usually pay a flat monthly fee to use the railcar, and at the end of the lease period, the railcar must be...
Rail Flatcars for Bridge

Rail Flatcars for Bridge

Are you thinking of using a retired rail flatcar as a bridge? If so, here are a few things to think about: If you purchase a prepared deck, depending upon the length it may require special arrangements for shipment and delivery. This can be expensive, up to $10/mile...
Controversy over New Switching Rule Continues

Controversy over New Switching Rule Continues

We have written before regarding the proposed new rule now under consideration by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) known as “Reciprocal Switching”. In a recent posting, Inside Sources (IS) summarized the various arguments pro and con of this proposed regulation,...
Your Guide to Understanding Railcar Placards

Your Guide to Understanding Railcar Placards

Rail companies are often reluctant to discuss the dangerous cargo they carry, so safety signs can give the public a glimpse into what is in their trains. Placards often include this information. Rail companies are required to display those red, diamond-shaped signs on...
Railcar Inspection Checklist For 2022

Railcar Inspection Checklist For 2022

While freight railroad remains one of the safest sectors, a damaged railcar can cause serious damage. By following this checklist you minimize that risk.   Whether you’ve bought or leased your rail car, keeping it in working condition is critical. This checklist...
Freight Carloads Increase Slightly, Intermodal Traffic Declines

Freight Carloads Increase Slightly, Intermodal Traffic Declines

The Association of American Railroads has released data for the week ending March 19th, and for the year-to-date for carloads by freight type and intermodal units. Here is the data for the most recent week, as compared to the same week in 2021: US Rail Traffic, Week...