Freight Rail is On Track to Spend $26 Billion on its Network This Year

To service, refurbish and purchase locomotives and cars.
To maintain and modernize rail, ties and ballast.
To build, maintain and grow a 140,000 mile network.

  1. Moving More, Faster Than Ever Before

    Moving More, Faster Than Ever Before

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    In the 21st century, the goods we use every day are produced all over the world. Getting these products—clothes, computers, televisions and toys—into your hands is the challenge facing freight... Read more »
  2. Buying a House? Freight Rail Can Help

    Buying a House? Freight Rail Can Help

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    Thanks in part to the freight rail industry's investments, America’s integrated transportation network carries 54 tons of cargo for every American in a single year. Included in that pile are... Read more »
  3. 3 Ways Freight Rail Moves More

    3 Ways Freight Rail Moves More

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    Railroads annually spend billions of dollars to ensure that America's modern freight rail network remains the most efficient and cost-effective in the world. Over the next 30 years, freight rail... Read more »
  4. Milestones in the Growth of Intermodal

    Milestones in the Growth of Intermodal

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    Intermodal shipping — the movement of freight across multiple modes of transportation — has become a lynchpin of today’s globalized world. In many ways, it seems that demand for rail... Read more »
  5. Surprise! Freight Rail’s Special Deliveries

    Surprise! Freight Rail’s Special Deliveries

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    From lawn ornaments to ornamental rugs — virtually every good and commodity sold in America is transported by freight railroads. In fact, as part of America’s integrated transportation network, railroads... Read more »
  6. Moving Waves of Grain

    Moving Waves of Grain

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    The United States is the world’s top grain producer and getting all that grain to market is no easy task. Changes in production patterns due to weather, exchange rates and... Read more »
  7. Designed to Drive a Nation

    Designed to Drive a Nation

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    Since the earliest Model T rolled off the assembly line, railroads have played a crucial role in America's auto industry. Today, the size and scope of the U.S. auto industry... Read more »
  8. Freight Rail & Whirlpool

    Freight Rail & Whirlpool

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    It takes a lot of muscle to move 36-football fields worth of home appliances. That is why Whirlpool Corporation’s distribution center in Columbus, Ohio relies on freight rail. When Whirlpool... Read more »
  9. What Does Freight Rail Ship for You?

    What Does Freight Rail Ship for You?

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    Freight rail is a crucial part of an integrated network of trains, trucks and barges that ships 54 tons of goods per American every year. You’d be surprised just how many... Read more »
  10. High Tech Safety

    High Tech Safety

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    Lasers, microprocessors and ultrasounds — these high tech innovations don’t often come to mind when someone mentions railroads. However, modern railroads are employing these cutting edge technologies to make America’s... Read more »
  11. Green Technologies Get Goods Moving

    Green Technologies Get Goods Moving

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    Did you know that freight trains are four times more fuel-efficient than trucks? Freight trains can move one ton of freight more than 470 miles on a single gallon of... Read more »
  12. Helping America Compete – And Win

    Helping America Compete – And Win

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    You read that right – thanks to efficiency and productivity improvements made by freight railroads – American rail rates are lower than China’s. And Germany’s. And Japan’s. In fact, today... Read more »
  13. Maintaining Rail Bridges

    Maintaining Rail Bridges

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    You’ve probably heard a lot in the news lately about America’s crumbling infrastructure, but worry not. Maintaining and improving our nation’s rail network is a top priority – one the... Read more »