railcar tracking

What to do when the railroad track & trace tools aren’t enough

You are feeling pain. Gaining visibility of your growing rail shipments on multiple railroads has become cumbersome. Reports that took 5 minutes to prepare are now taking an hour or more. Management wants more detailed (aka complicated and time consuming) reports because there is more at stake. Issues that once...

Track and Trace Your Rail Shipments For Free With Canadian Pacific Customer Station

This article has been updated on 1/25/2017 to reflect the latest updates to Customer Station Canadian Pacific is another Class I railroad that provides web-based tools for rail shippers and receivers to track their shipments. They package their railcar tracking tools into what is called Customer Station. You can bill...

Track & Trace Your Rail Shipments For Free With Canadian National Tools

This article has been updated on 1/27/2017 to reflect the latest updates to Tools. Canadian National is another Class I railroad that provides web-based tools for rail shippers and receivers to track their shipments. They package their railcar tracking tools into what is called Tools. You can plan a shipment,...

Track and Trace Your Rail Shipments With Union Pacific on MyUPRR

Union Pacific is another Class I railroad that provides web-based tools for rail shippers and receivers to track their shipments. They package their railcar tracking tools into what is called MyUPRR. You can plan a shipment, get pricing, bill a shipment and pay for a shipment here, but this article focuses...

Track & Trace Railcar Shipments with Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s BNSF.com

Burlington Northern Santa Fe is another Class I railroad that provides web-based tools for rail shippers and receivers to track their shipments. They package their railcar tracking tools into what is called BNSF.com. You can plan a shipment, get pricing, bill a shipment and pay for a shipment here, but...

Track & Trace Railcar Shipments with ShipCSX

This article has been updated on 1/27/2017 to reflect the latest updates to ShipCSX CSX Transportation is one Class I railroad that provides web-based tools for rail shippers and receivers to track their shipments. They package their railcar tracking tools into what is called ShipCSX. You can plan a shipment, get...

Track and trace your rail shipments for free

If you ship or receive freight on rail, at some point you are going to want to have visibility of where those railcars are and when they are going to arrive. The Class I railroads provide web-based railcar shipment tracking tools with varying functionality. This is the beginning of a...

What is a CIF and what does it have to do with tracking railcars?

If you ship or receive rail shipments and attempt to track these shipments, you may have experienced the problem of not having visibility of some shipments due to your company not getting listed on the waybill or due to the way your company is listed on the waybill. You may have heard the terms "CIF"...

How a Rail Shipment Tracking System Can Save You Money

Having a single system that can track the locations of your rail shipments and/or railcar fleet across railroads is definitely more convenient, but does it really save you money? You may be struggling to quantify the cost benefit of a system like this. If so, please read on. Reduce Administrative...

Railroad Demurrage Liability Changes

On April 9, 2014 the Surface Transportation Board (STB) decided to revise the existing rules pertaining to 1) who may charge demurrage and 2) who is subject to demurrage. The new rules took effect on July 15, 2014. The complete decision and related statements to support the decision may be...

How much does a railcar tracking software system cost (Part II)?

In February of last year, I wrote the first part of this series that focused on the cost of data, which is the core cost of any railcar tracking system. I promised that the first part would be followed up with more information about the total cost of this type...

How much does a railcar tracking system cost?

This is a very common question. The answer is a difficult one because it depends on a number of variables. This article will introduce some key questions that will help you determine how much a system will cost. If you like to be an informed buyer or are thinking about...

Car Location Message (CLM) Event Sighting Codes

  Code Classification Description A Arrival Transit Location Equipment has arrived at an in-transit railroad location other than the destination. B Bad Order Equipment has been reported or received defective at location shown. See this article for extended bad order information. C Motor Carrier Arrival Motor carrier arrival at initial...

Demurrage charges – trust, but verify

The results were surprising to them: they found $14,000.00 of inaccuracies in one month. Full disclosure: This shipper is one of our customers and they did solve their problem with our product. All the same, I think their experience will be a valuable one to you regardless of whether you...

Getting full visibility of railcar shipments in Steelroads

If you are getting incomplete CLM (aka car location messages or sightings) data for some of your shipments and you use Steelroads*, here are some ideas that will help you increase your visibility. 1. All CLM data delivered out of Steelroads is now restricted to “Party to Waybill” (PTW) security....

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