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Rail Industry Trends – Fall 2019

By Lindsay English, with contribution from Glen Doiron, Pat Lewis PSR (precision scheduled railroading) and technology continue to dominate discussions in the rail industry across North America. The RSVP team just wrapped up a tour of the regional rail shipper conferences, including South West (SWARS), Pacific North West (PNWARS), and North East (NEARS), as well […]

Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Summer 2019 Recap

Adapting to change. Uncertainty. Metrics. These were the themes of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) conference in Lake Geneva, WI, this July. The RSVP team was there, talking to shippers about how supply chain visibility tools could help manage the “new normal” of freight rail.  PSR, but Different The Class 1 railways implementing […]

Mileposts- Part 1 by Bert Ruden

“There is more poetry in the rush of a single railroad train across the continent than in all the gory story of burning Troy.” Joaquin Miller, American writer and frontiersman, 1837-1913 The year 2019 marks several significant mileposts in North American railroading. May 10th, 2019 is the sesquicentennial of the completion of the first transcontinental […]

The Chicago Challenge, Part Two – by Bert Ruden

Forty-four years ago this July, I packed my belongings and headed west from our family home in New York City to start my career. Fresh out of school with a degree in transportation management, I landed a railroad job in the railroad capital of America – Chicago! As it turned out, my new job involved […]

The Chicago Challenge – Part 1, by Bert Ruden

In any discussion of automobile distribution facilities, it’s worth taking a look at the facilities in the three largest U. S. metropolitan areas. The New York metropolitan area is still the nation’s largest, with a 2017 population estimate of 20.7 million people. The region has three rail-served, inbound auto facilities: Doremus I, Doremus II, and […]

THE SQUIRREL IN THE SUBSTATION

When I talk to people about transportation, the conversation usually turns to trains, planes, ships, trucks, and cars: the hardware behind the movement of things. The methods and processes supporting the hardware rarely come up in conversation, which is a shame. To my mind, the methods and processes of operating a transportation network are of […]

ICL Celebrates the RSVP Rail System Launch

ICL Systems is proud to announce the launch our latest supply chain visibility product: RSVP Rail RSVP was adapted from the rail modules of ICL’s VLMS (Vehicle Logistics Management System). The RSVP track and trace module comes loaded with features, such as: Total track and trace visibility for railcars, including current shipments and completed shipments. […]