Trains Top 10 stories for 2017: No. 3, DISASTERS and TRAFFIC

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A Chicago-bound Canadian National intermodal train passes a CN hopper train stopped on a siding near Theresa, Wis., in November 2017.
TRAINS DRONE: Steve Sweeney
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Neither fire, nor rain, nor hurricane, or onslaught of snow can keep railroads from growing intermodal traffic in 2017.

Yes, that is the story: Of stuff in boxes moving over railroads in every increasing amounts despite Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, respectively, voracious wild fires in southern California, and now six feet or more of heavy wet snow along Lake Erie's eastern shores.

Canadian National's double-digit business growth in intermodal is so great it justifies buying 200 new locomotives by 2020 from GE Transportation.

In the words of the late, great, Gomer Pyle, "Shazam!"

For the extreme weather events U.S. railroads have endured so far in 2017 and making the come back look easy AND for posting records in intermodal growth, Trains editors name Disasters and Traffic the No. 3 story of 2017.

Trains editors will present the Top Ten stories of the year in reverse order starting Dec. 21 and finishing on Dec. 30.

Read previous years' Top Ten stories online.
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