The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in April 2020 was down compared to April 2019. Carloads originated decreased 13.3 percent, from 358,780 in April 2019 to 310,883 in April 2020.  Metallic Ores led gains with an 18.0 percent increase. Grain was up 14.1 percent, and Pulp, Paper, and Allied Products increased 6.4 percent. Motor Vehicles and Equipment led declines, down 71.3 percent. Chemicals, Food and Kindred…
Railroads that follow the AAR rules of interchange for inspections and repair bill for most maintenance using the AAR price master. For some smaller roads, that may mean paying more in costs to complete repairs than what can be billed to the car owner.  Since repairs priced at AAR rates are set by the industry, the only costs under a shop's control are overhead charges. Reducing your overhead costs allows the reduction to cover a portion of the…
The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet was down slightly during the first quarter of 2020. The total equipment count was 2,128,745, for a decrease of 0.2 percent. The three largest segments during the quarter were Covered Hoppers (29 percent), Tank Cars (21 percent) and Gondolas (11 percent). Three car groups increased from the last quarter, led by Covered Hoppers and Tanks, both up 0.7 percent. EOTs and Hoppers lead…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in March 2020 was up compared to March 2019. Carloads originated increased 1.5 percent, from 347,399 in March 2019 to 352,656 in March 2020.  Grain Mill Products led gains for the third consecutive month with a 22.3 percent increase. Chemicals was up 19.8 percent, and Lumber and Wood Products and Stone, Clay and Glass Products increased 17.7 and 11.8 percent respectively. Coal led…
Railinc continues to operate at full capacity to support our customers and the industry. The physical office building where Railinc is located has been closed to employees and the public until further notice and Railinc employees are now working remotely. This change will not impact customers, support for industry products or our progress on industry projects. The Railinc Customer Success Center (CSC) is open and available and all products are…
Railinc Senior Data Scientist David Humphrey was in La Quinta, California, March 2-4, 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 event.   Corporate Communications (CC): What were some of the important trends that you touched on when presenting…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in February 2020 was up compared to February 2019. Carloads originated increased 2.3 percent, from 310,240 in February 2019 to 317,459 in February 2020.  Grain Mill Products led gains with a 20.2 percent increase. Chemicals was up 13.8 percent, and Motor Vehicles and Equipment and Crushed Stone, Sand and Gravel increased 12.6 and 7.8 percent respectively. Coal led declines, down…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in January 2020 was down compared to January 2019. Carloads originated decreased 3.3 percent, from 351,884 in January 2019 to 340,285 in January 2020.  Grain Mill Products led gains with a 19.1 percent increase. Nonmetallic Minerals were up 11.8 percent, and Motor Vehicles and Equipment and Chemicals each increased 8.2 percent. Coal led declines, down 22.9 percent. Grain, Lumber…