U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are mixed in August, reports AAR

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that, for the month of August, United States rail carload and intermodal volumes were mixed on an annual basis.AAR observed that 14 of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw annual gains, including coal, up 20,666 carloads or 8.4%; crushed stone, sand & gravel, up 7,955 carloads or 10.6%; and primary metal products, up 7,948 carloads or 26.1%. Commodities that saw annual declines included: grain, down 15,539 carloads or 17.5%; motor vehicles & parts, down 10,640 carloads or

Freightliner secures funding for emissions tool

Freightliner, in partnership with a consortium of specialist suppliers, has successfully secured government funding to develop a Rail Freight Energy and Emissions Calculator (REEC) that will be deployed on the existing NR+ platform used for rail- freight planning. The project is one of 30 winners in the latest round of the First of a Kind (FOAK) competition announced recently by the Transport Secretary. Already the safest and greenest mode of ground-freight transportation, the competition has been aimed at making railways even cleaner and greener. The NR+ platform, developed by University