(AAR) Rail Traffic Update

(AAR) Rail Traffic Update

In this week’s American Association of Railroads (AAR) rail traffic update, it was once again clear that intermodal traffic was less than desired. AAR reported: “Rail intermodal volume is clearly not what it has been and could be,” said AAR Senior Vice President John...
Rail traffic data for the week ending September 25

Rail traffic data for the week ending September 25

Late last week the American Association of Railroads (AAR) published rail traffic data for the week ending September 25th, and compared the traffic to the same week last year. Here is the data they provided: US Rail Traffic, Week Ending September 25, 2021 This Week...
Condition of the Nation’s Intermodal System

Condition of the Nation’s Intermodal System

We normally keep our focus upon freight rail excluding intermodal traffic in this blog. However, the condition of the Nation’s intermodal system does connect importantly not just to distribution and sale of finished goods, but also to imported parts and materials. So,...
7 Things to Know Before Buying a Railcar

7 Things to Know Before Buying a Railcar

The purchase of a railcar is an investment for any company, but it can be difficult to know what you should look for when shopping. There are many different types of cars with different purposes and attributes that vary by manufacturer. This blog post will cover 7...
Signs of concern in the rail traffic data

Signs of concern in the rail traffic data

We continue to see signs of concern in the rail traffic data, in combination with other economic indicators. First, The Association of American Railroads reported on Sept. 8 the following regarding weekly traffic for the week ending September 4, 2021: “Total carloads...
Monthly carload data

Monthly carload data

It has been a few months since we provided the total monthly carload data. Following is a monthly update on United States rail freight traffic by sector with Canadian totals, with a focus on carloads. The data in the table is from the September 2021 issue of Railway...
Railcar orders are up measurably

Railcar orders are up measurably

According to the Railway Supply Institute, which is a trade association for rail suppliers, railcar orders for the full second quarter of 2021 are up measurably. Their data indicates for the latest quarter, just under 9,500 railcars were ordered, compared to 6,200 for...