Click the image above to watch the full panel session.  The North American railcar fleet grew by about 30,000 cars through July 2019, adding about 11,000 tank cars and 8,500 covered hoppers. Those were among the takeaways from a recent Railcar and Locomotive Outlook and Overview panel featuring Railinc senior data scientist 
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in August 2019 was down compared to August 2018. Carloads originated decreased 4.0 percent, from 384,862 in August 2018 to 369,611 in August 2019. Nonmetallic Minerals led gains for the fifth consecutive month with a 33.3 percent increase. Grain Mill Products was up 13.8 percent, and Motor Vehicles and Equipment and Trailer or Container increased 13.8 and 4.2 percent respectively…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in July 2019 was slightly up compared to July 2018. Carloads originated increased 0.4 percent, from 368,588 in July 2018 to 369,913 in July 2019. Nonmetallic Minerals led gains for the fourth consecutive month with a 43.4 percent increase. Grain Mill Products was up 19.0 percent, and Petroleum Products and Food and Kindred Products increased 15.5 and 14.8 percent respectively.…
The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet was up slightly during the second quarter of 2019. The total equipment count was 2,124,998, for an increase of 0.4 percent. The three largest segments during the quarter were Covered Hoppers (28 percent), Tank Cars (21 percent) and Gondolas (11 percent). Seven car groups increased from the last quarter, led by Tanks, up 1.3 percent, and Intermodal, up 0.9 percent. Covered Hoppers and…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in June 2019 was down compared to June 2018. Carloads originated decreased 2.6 percent, from 360,666 in June 2018 to 351,301 in June 2019. Nonmetallic Minerals led gains for the third consecutive month with a 45.5 percent increase. Grain was up 16.2 percent, and Petroleum Products and Chemicals increased 13.5 and 13.1 percent respectively. Other Carloads led declines, down 16.9…
The world of transportation management software (TMS) is moving fast. Over the past 24 months, we’ve seen things change more than in the previous six or eight years. If you aren’t among the many players already reassessing or reinventing what you have, it’s time to start working on it. The good news is that it’s never too late to take inventory of where you are and what’s available in the marketplace to improve your operation incrementally, or…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in May 2019 was up slightly compared to May 2018. Carloads originated increased 0.2 percent, from 375,514 in May 2018 to 376,359 in May 2019. Nonmetallic Minerals again led gains with a 46.2 percent increase. Grain Mill Products was up 23.2 percent, and Motor Vehicles and Equipment and Chemicals increased 14.3 and 10.4 percent respectively. Metallic Ores led declines, down 13.4…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in April 2019 was up compared to April 2018. Carloads originated increased 2.8 percent, from 355,358 in April 2018 to 365,357 in April 2019.  Nonmetallic Minerals led gains with a 40.2 percent increase. Grain Mill Products was up 27.2 percent, and Trailer or Container and Stone, Clay and Glass Products increased 15.2 and 13.9 percent respectively. Metallic Ores led declines, down…