The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in July 2017 was higher compared to July 2016. Total carloads were up 4.8 percent, from 337,344 in July 2016, to 353,632 in July 2017. Coal led gains again, up 25.9 percent over July 2016. Crushed stone, sand and gravel carloads were up by 24.4 percent, and metals and products increased 13.8 percent. Nonmetallic minerals led declines, down 13.5 percent. (Click
The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet was down slightly during the second quarter of 2017. The total equipment count was 2,066,516, compared to 2,070,191 during the first quarter of 2017.
 
The three largest segments during the quarter were covered hoppers (28 percent), tank cars (21 percent) and gondolas (11 percent).
 
Four car groups increased from the last quarter, led by EOTs, up 1.5…
Imagine that you run a lumber company, and you need to ship plywood from Oregon to Maine. Your shipment would move on multiple railroads to travel the approximately 2,600 miles from origin to destination. What if those railroads each used different information to identify where exactly the railcar carrying your shipment was to be interchanged along the way? Your plywood shipment would probably take a lot longer to get to Maine. If it got…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in June 2017 was higher compared to June 2016. Total carloads were up 5.2 percent, from 343,348 in June 2016, to 361,165 in June 2017.
 
Coal led gains again, up 37.3 percent over June 2016. Crushed stone, sand and gravel carloads were up by 29 percent, and nonmetallic minerals increased 14.6 percent. Motor vehicles and equipment led declines for the second…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in May 2017 was higher compared to May 2016. Total carloads were up 12.5 percent, from 327,971 in May 2016, to 369,120 in May 2017. Gains were led by coal, up 54.7 percent over May 2016. Grain increased by 35.7 percent and crushed stone, sand and gravel carloads by 28.4 percent. Motor vehicles and equipment experienced the greatest decline, down 8.4 percent. (Click
Each time a wayside detector logs a passing railcar, Railinc receives information about the car. The rail industry uses these event messages to track railcar movements. As the hub for rail industry data, Railinc receives more than 11 million of these messages every day from all seven Class I railroads and more than 500 short line railroads. That’s more than 4 billion annually, each carrying vital information…
The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads in April 2017 was higher compared to April 2016. Total carloads were up, from 329,183 in April 2016, to 347,845 in April 2017.
 
Grain led gains with a 28.9 percent increase, followed by coal, up 20.2 percent, and waste and scrap materials, which increased 12.0 percent. Metallic ores experienced the greatest decline, down 11.9 percent. (Click
The total size of the North American rail equipment fleet held steady during the first quarter of 2017. The total equipment count was 2,070,191, compared to 2,071,118 during the fourth quarter of 2016.
 
The three largest segments this quarter were covered hoppers (27 percent), tank cars (21 percent) and gondolas (11 percent).
 
Groups experiencing the largest increases from the last quarter were led by hoppers,…