Last month, Railinc Senior Data Scientist David Humphrey was in La Quinta, California, to present his annual railcar and locomotive reviews at the Rail Equipment Finance Conference. Railinc’s Corporate Communications team sat down with David post-conference to delve into some of the most significant takeaways from this year’s data and event. Corporate Communications (CC): What were some of the important trends that you touched on when…
The North American rail equipment fleet maintained its total size during the first quarter of 2022. The total equipment count was 2,073,438, 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 Box Cars and Gondolas, up 1.0 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. Hoppers…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in March 2022 was up compared to March 2021. Carloads originated increased 3.6 percent, from 362,379 in March 2021 to 375,343 in March 2022.  Food and Kindred Products led gains with a 17.3 percent increase. Petroleum Products was up 14.9 percent, and Waste and Scrap Materials and Pulp, Paper and Allied Products increased 12.4 and 11.8 percent respectively. Metallic Ores led…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in February was substantially up compared to February 2021. Carloads originated increased 10.6 percent, from 290,938 in February 2021 to 321,847 in February 2022.  All carload groups were up. Metallic Ores led gains with a 64.4 percent increase. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel was up 49.0 percent and Food and Kindred Products and Petroleum Products increased 29.6 and 22.9 percent…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in January 2022 was down compared to January 2021. Carloads originated decreased 4.1 percent, from 332,258 in January 2021 to 318,672 in January 2022.  Metallic Ores led gains with a 40.3 percent increase. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel was up 20.6 percent, and Petroleum Products and Nonmetallic Minerals increased 12.8 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively. Coal led declines, down…
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…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in December 2021 was up compared to December 2020. Carloads originated increased 7.3 percent, from 331,252 in December 2020 to 355,370 in December 2021.  Nonmetallic Minerals led gains with a 47.6 percent increase. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel was up 34.7 percent, and Waste and Scrap Materials and Petroleum Products increased 20.4 and 17.7 percent, respectively. Motor Vehicles…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in November 2021 was up compared to November 2020. Carloads originated increased 8.8 percent, from 321,500 in November 2020 to 349,870 in November 2021.  Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel led gains with a 28.8 percent increase. Petroleum Products was up 18.9 percent, and Metallic Ores and Chemicals increased 18.8 and 18.1 percent, respectively. Motor Vehicles and Equipment led…