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…
Railinc Corp. has promoted Joan Smemoe to the positions of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice President of Information Technology, effective June 11. Smemoe will be responsible for providing the vision and leadership for Railinc’s data, product development, and information systems platforms. Smemoe—who currently serves on the executive management team—will report to Allen West, president and CEO, in her new position. “I’m honored to lead…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in April 2018 was up compared to April 2017. Total carloads increased 2.7 percent, from 343,665 in April 2017 to 352,781 in April 2018. Petroleum products led gains with a 22.2 percent increase. Crushed stone, sand and gravel as well as pulp, paper and allied products also increased, up 21.7 percent and 15.3 percent, respectively. Trailer or container led declines for the fifth…
Railinc has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a consortium of more than 250 transportation and logistics companies that is creating a forum for the development of blockchain technology standards and education for the freight industry. “Blockchain presents interesting opportunities for the freight rail industry,” said Railinc President and CEO Allen West. “We’re excited to identify ways to add value to our industry as part of…
The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet was up slightly during the first quarter of 2018. The total equipment count was 2,083,915, for an increase of 0.2 percent. The three largest segments during the quarter were covered hoppers (28.4 percent), tank cars (20.6 percent) and gondolas (11.1 percent). Four car groups increased from the last quarter, led by intermodal, up 1.7 percent, and IM flats, up 1.3 percent. Covered hoppers…