Railinc’s senior data scientist David Humphrey traveled to La Quinta, California from March 3-6 to present his annual railcar and locomotive reviews at the 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 and conference.

Corporate Communications (CC): What were some of the important trends that you touched…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in February 2019 was slightly down compared to February 2018. Carloads originated decreased 0.9 percent, from 319,634 in February 2018 to 316,764 in February 2019. Nonmetallic Minerals led gains with a 46.5 percent increase. Trailer or Container was up 18.5 percent, and Grain Mill Products and Chemicals increased 14.6 and 6.3 percent respectively. Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel…
Railinc Director of Business Solutions Chuck Hieronymi has been recognized as a 2019 Provider Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. The award honors supply chain executives and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. “I am…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in January 2019 was up compared to January 2018. Carloads originated increased 6.2 percent, from 337,700 in January 2018 to 358,785 in January 2019. Trailer or Container led gains with a 31.8 percent increase. Nonmetallic Minerals were up 31.0 percent, and Metallic Ores and Chemicals increased 20.8 and 15.3 percent respectively. Motor Vehicles and Equipment led declines, down 6.5…
  Registration is now open for the 37th North American Rail Mechanical Operations (NARMO) Seminar, which will be held May 14-16, 2019, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. NARMO is part of an ongoing education effort to better equip car owners, shippers, car shop operators and railroad mechanical personnel with the latest information on mechanical inspections and the AAR Interchange Rules.  Key program topics at this year's seminar…
The overall number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in 2018 was up compared to 2017. Carloads originated for 2018 were at about 4.3 million through December 31, up about 94,00 carloads, or 2.2 percent from 2017 Nonmetallic Minerals led annual gains with a 15.1 percent increase. Metals and Products were up 13.2 percent, and Chemicals and Pulp, Paper and Allied Products increased 11.1 and 10.3 percent respectively. Coal led…
The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet was slightly up during the fourth quarter of 2018. The total equipment count was 2,106,390, for an increase of 0.1 percent. The three largest segments during the quarter were Covered Hoppers (29 percent), Tank Cars (21 percent) and Gondolas (11 percent). Six car groups increased from the last quarter, led by IM Flats, up 1.9 percent, and Tanks, up 0.8. Box Cars and Locomotives increased…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in November 2018 was up compared to November 2017. Carloads originated increased 0.2 percent, from 344,778 in November 2017 to 345,507 in November 2018. Nonmetallic Minerals led gains with a 27.7 percent increase. Metallic Ores were up 26.9 percent, and Grain Mill Products and Trailer or Container increased 22.4 and 18.7 percent respectively. Coal led declines for the seventh…