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…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in October 2018 was up compared to October 2017. Carloads originated increased 2.9 percent, from 364,874 in October 2017 to 375,486 in October 2018. Nonmetallic Minerals led gains with a 52.3 percent increase. Metals and Products were up 19.1 percent, and Trailer or Container and Chemicals increased 18.3 and 17.7 percent respectively. Coal led declines for the sixth straight month…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in September 2018 was up compared to September 2017. Carloads originated increased 4.0 percent, from 337,450 in September 2017 to 351,034 in September 2018. Trailer or container led gains with a 19.6 percent increase. Chemicals were up 15.3 percent, and metals and products and pulp, paper, and allied products increased about 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Coal again led…
The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet was up during the third quarter of 2018. The total equipment count was 2,103,666, for an increase of 0.8 percent. The three largest segments during the quarter were covered hoppers (29 percent), tank cars (21 percent) and gondolas (11 percent). Four car groups increased from the last quarter, led by intermodal, up 3.8 percent, and EOTs, up 1.7. Covered hoppers and tanks increased 1.3…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in August 2018 was up compared to August 2017. Carloads originated increased 5.1 percent, from 372,244 in August 2017 to 391,330 in August 2018. Nonmetallic minerals led gains with a 31.3 percent increase. Metals and products were up 24.6 percent, and chemicals and pulp, paper and allied products increased 14 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Coal led declines for the fourth…
The North American railcar fleet grew by about 27,000 cars through July 2018, adding about 11,000 covered hoppers and 5,000 tank cars. Those were among the takeaways from a recent Railcar and Locomotive Outlook and Overview panel featuring Railinc Sr. Data Scientist Dr. David Humphrey and others at Cowen and Company’s 11th Global Transportation Conference. The entire panel…