The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in October 2021 was up compared to October 2020. Carloads originated increased 6.6 percent, from 339,663 in October 2020 to 362,230 in October 2021.  Nonmetallic Minerals led gains again with a 63.4 percent increase. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel was up 22.1 percent, and Waste and Scrap Materials and Trailer or Container increased 20.0 and 16.8 percent, respectively. Motor…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in September 2021 was up compared to September 2020. Carloads originated increased 10.0 percent, from 318,931 in September 2020 to 350,770 in September 2021.  Nonmetallic Minerals led gains again with a 82.3 percent increase. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel was up 36.2 percent, and Waste and Scrap Materials and Metals and Products increased 28.3 and 27.2 percent, respectively.…
Railinc’s twice-weekly, onsite boot camp is more fun than Richie Stewart, the company’s IT manager, expected. He had been an avid cyclist and had done plenty of group rides in the past, but he was used to the solitude of long rides or individual workouts at the gym. “I’ve been amazed at how much I enjoy going to boot camp with my coworkers,” Stewart said “They support you and encourage you. And they hold you accountable.” Since one of his…
Stop by the Railinc office at lunchtime on any Monday or Thursday and you'll likely encounter employees running figure eights around the parking lot, doing burpees by their yoga mats or carrying a 20-pound medicine ball up and down stairs, all under the watchful eye of a personal trainer from O2 Fitness. This free weekly class is part of Railinc's…
The North American rail equipment fleet decreased in total size during the third quarter of 2021. The total equipment count was 2,076,876 for a change of 0.2 percent.  The four largest segments during the quarter were Covered Hoppers (29 percent), Tank Cars (22 percent) and Gondolas and Intermodal (10 percent).  Five equipment groups increased from the last quarter, led by EOTs, up 3.8 percent, and IM Flats and Intermodal, up 2.7 and 0.4…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in August 2021 was up compared to August 2020. Carloads originated increased 50.7 percent, from 335,004 in August 2020 to 504,784 in August 2021.  Nonmetallic Minerals led gains with a 120.4 percent increase. Petroleum Products was up 106.5 percent, and Trailer and Container and Chemicals increased 100.8 and 82.0 percent, respectively. Grain led declines, down 11.2 percent. Motor…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in June 2021 was up compared to June 2020. Carloads originated increased 25.2 percent, from 298,189 in June 2020 to 373,433 in June 2021.  Virtually all carload groups were up. Coal led gains with an 88.2 percent increase. Motor Vehicles and Equipment was up 83.1 percent and Petroleum Products and Trailer or Container increased 63.1 and 46.1 percent respectively. Grain was the…
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.…