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(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/11/2020) U.S. railroads logged a 15.6 percent decrease in carload and intermodal volumes during the week ending June 6 compared with the same week a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Railroads posted 192,494 carloads for the week, down 22 percent, and 240,677 intermodal containers and trailers, down 9.6 percent.…

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(Source: Railway Age opinion column by Nicholas Little, June 11, 2020) NEW YORK — In response to Jim Blaze’s interesting “Railroad Mega-mergers” article from earlier this week, I’m not sure that the historical perspective will apply in a developing “new normal” business economy in the United States. I believe COVID-19 impacts will massively change behaviors.…

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(Source: Freight Waves, June 11, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Rail volumes could rebound in the second half of the year, but the pace of a rebound will depend largely on consumer confidence, executives from several Class I railroads cautioned at recent investor conferences. North American weekly rail traffic totaled 598,301 carloads and intermodal units for…

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