The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet once again held steady during the first quarter of 2013. The total equipment count was 1,967,958 compared to 1,964,205 during the fourth quarter of 2012, resulting in a negligible increase from last quarter.
 
The three largest segments were covered hoppers (26 percent), tank cars (17 percent) and gondolas (13 percent).
 
Group increases over the previous…
Railinc has announced that it will participate in car hire training, including leading sessions, at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s 2013 annual convention. Two training seminars are scheduled for Sunday, April 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga. “Car hire is a critical part of the financial operations of the entire freight rail industry,” said Jim Pinson, Railinc’s manager…
The size of the North American revenue-earning freight railcar fleet increased by 1 percent in 2012, but has not recovered to pre-recession population levels, according to Railinc’s annual North American Freight Railcar Review. The 2013 report gives a snapshot of the North American railcar fleet over the previous calendar year and includes statistics and overall trends from the Railinc Umler® system. “Notably, there was an increase in North…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads increased in year-to-year comparisons. Total carloads were up from 326,457 in February 2012 to 335,067 in February 2013, resulting in a three percent increase.
 
The largest gain was observed in coal, up 49 percent. Metallic ores closely followed, up 47 percent.  Commodities experiencing the most significant declines were metals and products, along with motor…
Railinc Corp. announced today that Kathleen Brandt, president of CSX Technology, was recently elected to Railinc’s board of directors. “We are very pleased to have someone of Kathleen’s caliber join the Railinc board,” said Allen West, Railinc president and CEO. “Her experience leading technology initiatives across CSX will be an invaluable asset as the board works to enhance Railinc’s ability to serve the freight rail industry.” “Our industry…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads increased in year-to-year comparisons. Total carloads were up from 339,352 in January 2012 to 362,843 in January 2013, resulting in a seven percent increase.
 
The largest gain was observed in the all other carloads commodity, up 72 percent. Trailer or container followed, up 35 percent. Commodities experiencing the most significant declines were petroleum products…
Railinc Assistant Vice President of Business Operations Treadwell Davison was recognized as a supply chain executive “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine for 2013. This award honors individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies and academia who have helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet the significant challenges of today’s business…
Railinc President and Chief Executive Officer Allen West has been elected 2013 chair of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), the statewide membership association for the technology sector. West, who previously served as vice-chair, will lead the organization’s board of technology executives and provide guidance to NCTA staff. “NCTA brings together the best and brightest of North Carolina’s technology sector,” West said. “Railinc’s…