The North American rail equipment fleet decreased slightly in total size during the fourth quarter of 2021. The total equipment count was 2,074,217 for a change of 0.1 percent.
The four largest segments during the quarter were Covered Hoppers (29 percent), Tank Cars (22 percent) and Gondolas and Intermodal (10 percent).
Four equipment groups increased from the last quarter, led by IM Flats, up 2.5 percent, and EOTs and Box Cars, up 2.2 and 1.1 percent, respectively. Hoppers and Locomotives led declines, down 1.1 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.
The total count of equipment in the revenue-earning fleet currently stands at about 1.62 million, down by 0.2 percent from the previous quarter. Tanks led gains, up 0.1 percent. Open Hoppers and Gondolas decreased the most, down 0.6 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.
The revenue-earning fleet is a subset of the North American rail fleet that is largely composed of freight cars that can be used in interchange service and against which an interline waybill can be placed. The revenue-earning fleet of freight cars is made up of six sub-fleets: box cars, covered hoppers, flats, gondolas, open hoppers and tank cars. It excludes locomotives, intermodal trailers and containers, maintenance-of-way equipment and end-of-train devices.
Data Source: Railinc Umler System. Data represents all equipment units on files, including pre-registered, restricted and scrap units.
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