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 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 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…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in July 2018 was up compared to July 2017. Carloads originated increased 5.5 percent, from 353,404 in July 2017 to 372,917 in July 2018. Metals and products led gains with a 22.6 percent increase. Petroleum products; stone, clay and glass products; chemicals; crushed stone, sand and gravel; pulp, paper and allied products; and waste and scrap materials were all up 10 percent or…
The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet was up slightly during the second quarter of 2018. The total equipment count was 2,086,480, for an increase of 0.1 percent. The three largest segments during the quarter were covered hoppers (28 percent), tank cars (20 percent) and gondolas (11 percent). Four car groups increased from the last quarter, led by intermodal, up 0.8 percent, and flats, up 0.5 percent. Covered hoppers were up…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in June 2018 was up compared to June 2017. Carloads originated increased 1.3 percent, from 360,852 in June 2017 to 365,595 in June 2018. All other carloads led gains with a 10.0 percent increase. Metals and products as well as pulp, paper and allied products also increased, up 8.0 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively. Coal led declines for the second consecutive month, down 18.8…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads was up in May 2018 compared to May 2017. Carloads originated increased 2.6 percent, from 369,637 in May 2017 to 379,189 in May 2018. Metals and products led gains with a 19.8 percent increase. Petroleum products as well as crushed stone, sand and gravel also increased, up 16.2 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively. Coal led declines, down 8.8 percent. Trailer or container…