The North American rail equipment fleet decreased in total size during the second quarter of 2021. The total equipment count was 2,080,052 for a change of 0.7 percent.  The four largest segments during the quarter were Covered Hoppers (29 percent), Tank Cars (22 percent) and Gondolas and Intermodal (10 percent).  Three car groups increased from the last quarter, led by EOTs, up 1.1 percent, and Locomotives and Misc., each up 0.2 percent.…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in May 2021 was up compared to May 2020. Carloads originated increased 29.0 percent, from 286,673 in May 2020 to 369,862 in May 2021.  Virtually all carload groups were up. Motor Vehicles and Equipment led gains again with a 384.3 percent increase. Petroleum Products was up 102.8 percent and Waste and Scrap Materials and Nonmetallic Minerals increased 67.6 and 65.7 percent…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in April 2021 was up compared to April 2020. Carloads originated increased 18.9 percent, from 305,350 in April 2020 to 363,021 in April 2021.  Virtually all carload groups were up. Motor Vehicles and Equipment led gains with a 212.0 percent increase. Nonmetallic Minerals was up 82.9 percent and Waste and Scrap Materials and Petroleum Products increased 54.9 and 50.8 percent…
We are excited to announce that Railinc’s commercial business unit is rebranding to TransmetriQ.  This rebrand will provide new opportunities to expand offerings and better serve customer needs through existing TransmetriQ products, like the RailSight Suite of Applications, CarLogix and Analytics Solutions. Why We're Rebranding TransmetriQ products have existed for years known by their individual names. As our teams work to improve our…
Last month, Railinc Senior Data Scientist David Humphrey presented the 2021 railcar and locomotive reviews at the virtual Rail Equipment Finance Conference. Corporate Communications sat down with David post-conference to delve into some of the most significant takeaways from this year’s data.
Corporate Communications (CC): What were some of the important trends that you touched on when presenting this year’s reviews?
The North American rail equipment fleet maintained its total size during the first quarter of 2021. The total equipment count was 2,095,846, for a change of 0 percent.  The four largest segments during the quarter were Covered Hoppers (29 percent), Tank Cars (22 percent) and Gondolas and Intermodal (10 percent).  Five car groups increased from the last quarter, led by EOTs and Box Cars, up 3.2 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. Misc. and…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in March 2021 was up compared to March 2020. Carloads originated increased 6.8 percent, from 345,894 in March 2020 to 369,389 in March 2021.  Metallic Ores led gains with a 44.8 percent increase. Coal was up 40.9 percent and Trailer and Container and Grain increased 21.3 and 21.2 percent respectively. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel led declines, down 12.8 percent. Chemicals,…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in February 2021 was down compared to February 2020. Carloads originated decreased 5.4 percent, from 313,089 in February 2020 to 296,027 in February 2021.  Coal led gains with a 42.3 percent increase. Grain was up 23.0 percent, and Trailer and Container increased 1.4 percent. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel led declines, down 42.5 percent. Chemicals, Food and Kindred Products,…