WIR 2019, Second Quarter

Week ending June 28
Longer trains and less interim car handling can’t be all that good for single-car shipments not moving in unit trains. Paper commodity group is still in a funk — boxmakers who typically expect to see a seasonal uptick in demand by mid-June have yet to see any signs of a pickup as demand remains sluggish. IORY and Ohio Rail Development Commission get access to nearly $7 mm in funding for upgrading and adding to industrial trackage. A look at the BNSF O-gauge layout on display at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.

Week ending June 21
This AAR graph clearly shows the continuing downward trend of railroad revenue units; continue the trend line down and see that, at this rate, the railroads will have no customers left by the year 2023 or so. CSX ’s Foote on reversing the trend; fitting short lines into the trip plan matrix. PMI contracting along with railroad revenue units. Continue reading