2011 Touchbase Newsletter Archive

December 2011 – Coal Market Trends: The Highs and Lows

  • Rail Strike Averted, Agreement with 12 of 13 Unions Reached
  • Mechanical Engineering Versus The Real World
  • AAR Reports October Railroad Traffic Up
  • Accelerating U.S. Economy May put Federal Reserve Asset Purchases on Hold

November 2011 – U.S. Distilled Grain Exports Will Rebound

  • Norfolk Southern CEO Sees ‘Modest’ U.S. Economic Growth in Short Term
  • Railcar Inspection and Repair Involvement by Railcar Owner and Operator is Critical
  • Freight Rail Industry Continuing to Add Jobs, Taking Rail Cars Out of Storage
  • Bernanke to Senate Democrats: Don’t Expect More Stimulus

October 2011 – Rapid Escalation Anticipated for U.S. Frac Sand Mining and Processing Projects

  • Railroads Getting Back on Track
  • Idled Railcars Reach Two-Year Low
  • Railcar Mechanical Vibrators Briefing: Use and Misuse
  • Bernanke: Fed Prepared to Act

September 2011 – U.S. Corn Crop Pressure Increases Grain Prices

  • CP Announces New OT5 Requirements for Private Car Owners or Lessees
  • Locomotive Maintenance Program: A Common Sense Approach That Budgets for Periodic Programmed Maintenance
  • AAR Reports Mixed Results in July Rail Traffic
  • Bernanke to Congress: Dont Mess Up Again. Please.

August 2011 -Railroads Win as Coal Exports Grow for U.S.

  • UP Sees Rail Oil Shipments Quadrupling in 2011
  • Thousands of American Jobs Dependent on Healthy Freight Rail Industry
  • June Freight Rail Traffic Makes Slight Gains
  • Fed to Keep Interest Rates Low Until 2013

July 2011 -US Steel Exports Fell in April While US Steel Imports Rose in May

  • UP and BNSF Get Ready To Redraw Intermodal Map
  • Railinc Announced Town Hall Meeting For Rollout of Comprehensive Equipment Performance Monitoring (CEPM)
  • May Freight Rail Traffic Makes Slight Gains
  • Federal Reserve, Acknowledging Slowdown, Reins in Forecasts For Economic Growth

June 2011 -Railroads Aim to Tap Bakken Shale’s Vast Traffic Potential

  • Railroad Wins in Coal Dust-Up
  • WABL Committee Actions Expected to Lead to Better Railcar Performance and Utilization
  • April Freight Rail Traffic Returns Mixed Results
  • Fed’s Kocherlakota Lowers Forecast for Economic Growth, Urges Tightening

May 2011 -Corn; A Yellow Investment Outshining Gold

  • Shippers May Rise Fuel Fees Due to High Cost of Fuel
  • March Freight Rail Traffic Increases as Economy Continues to Show Signs of Recovery
  • Bernanke: Inflation to Rise Under Moderate Growth

April 2011 -Reduced Exports to Japan Could Pinch U.S. Economy

  • FRA to Scale Back Train Control Regulation
  • February Freight Rail Traffic Continued to Make Gains
  • Economic Recovery on Firmer Footing; Overall Conditions in the Labor Market Appear to be Improving Gradually

March 2011 -Queensland Australia Spurs U.S. Coal Exports to 15 Year High

  • Coal Dust a Serious Problem, Regulators Say, but BNSF’s Approach Not Reasonable
  • Carloads in January 2011 Increased 8% Compared with Same Month in 2010
  • Fed Raises Growth Forecast for 2011

February 2011 -Corn Production Cut, Wheat Exports Up

  • America’s Railroads Positioned for Job Growth Over Next Five Years
  • 2010 Saw Annual Total Carload Traffic on U.S. Railroads Increase 7.3% Compared to 2009
  • Dollar Rises from Two-Month Low Versus Euro on Economic Outlook

January 2011 -Growth in Asia will Continue to Strain Copper Supply

  • Hiring Rates Climb at Class I Railroads
  • AAR Reported Monthly Rail Carload for November 2010 were up 4.5% Compared to Last Year
  • Economists Expect the Fed Funds Rate to Remain Near 0% for at Least Another Year

 

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