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Rail Closer Look: Covered Hoppers 2022

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The Rail Closer Look Series combines rail equipment intelligence with our Freight•cast™ forecasting model and FTR expert analysis to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and report.

Will frac sand continue to drive production of new cars for the Covered Hopper fleet? What is the outlook for grain car and plastic pellet Covered Hopper demand? Gain insight by car type segment in the industry's leading market forecast report.

NOTE: Please contact Derek Young at [email protected] or (888) 988.1699, ext. 66 with questions about the Rail Closer Look Series.


 
 
Covered Hoppers are a diverse fleet of railcars that carry a variety of dry bulk commodities. Some of these cars are product specific, while others serve a wide range of commodities. Consequently, the individual segments within the overall Covered Hopper fleet have different and unique characteristics, and their individual performances are driven by independent economic and market forces. Understanding the overall Covered Hopper fleet requires a deep understanding of these individual segments within the fleet.
 
The Covered Hopper fleet is the largest of the North American rail segments. The North American Covered Hopper fleet is feeling supply/demand pressure across various car types.
 
Closer Look: Covered Hopper Report Contains
 
  • Detailed fleet analysis
  • Current fleet sizes for each sub-segment
  • Pictures and illustrations of select car types, unique components, and important commodities
  • Unique characteristics inherent to sub-segments
  • Snapshot of each fleet segment’s age profile allocated by 5- year buckets over a car’s 50-year life
  • Historic deliveries, retirements, and utilization
  • Forecasts and projections by fleet segment: new car deliveries and retirements
  • Current and historic traffic activity across car types
  • Traffic shares, commodity drivers, and industry drivers
 
 
The full Closer Look Series includes Boxcar, Covered Hopper, Flat Car, Gondola, Open Top Hopper, and Tank Car reports.  The entire series is now available. Be among the first to receive this series of reports and gain a competitive advantage by increasing your knowledge of the rail car supply chain and macroeconomic indicators.
 



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