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Properly sizing the rail car market on your own is hard.

If you're relying on industry news to size the rail equipment market, you know that sometimes conditions are not as they appear.  Take the guesswork out of your strategic planning by relying on our Rail Closer Look series of reports.

Population Overview - Age Profile - Traffic Trends - Freight Forecast - Equipment Forecast

Combining the industry standard Umler™ and Waybill data with the power of FTR's Freight•cast™ forecasting methodology, the Rail Closer Look reports are the definitive guide to understanding the fundamentals of new car demand.

Click to learn about individual Rail Closer Look reports.

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Tank Car

Fuzzy on how new regulations may impact the demand for Large General-Purpose and Large Pressure tank cars?

Gain clarity by downloading a sample report.

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Covered Hopper

How has the global disruption of grain supply impacted the demand for new covered hoppers in 2023?

Take a closer look by downloading a sample report.

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Open-Top Hopper

Will heavy retirement cycles continue to shrink the fleet or will demand for aggregate cars prop up the market?

Download a sample report to see our thoughts.

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Will beer, wine, and beverage traffic offset the declining demand for pulp and paper products in the boxcar market?

Find out more by downloading a sample report.

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Will cooling commodity prices and demand for metals ease the momentum in demand for new gondola cars?

Download a sample report to see our thoughts.

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Flat Car

Will an easing automotive supply chain increase demand for new auto-rack designs that entered the market?

Find out by downloading a sample report.

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Don't big financial decisions warrant a closer look?

Making informed business decisions requires transportation intelligence you can trust.  Only the FTR Rail Closer Look reports combine the Umler system and Waybill data with the most reliable equipment forecasting methodology in the industry, FTR's Freight•cast. 

Download a sample report now to see why the savviest investors, suppliers, and builders trust the FTR Rail Closer Look Full Series to make smarter supply chain decisions.


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Derek Young, AVP of Marketing & Sales