Rail Closer Look: Gondolas 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.

Learn where new investment is expected to take place for the Gondola fleet, and how this fleet’s demographics are responding to the new world of coal and steel shipping. The industry's leading market forecast report examines each car type segment's outlook.

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

Gondolas are an open topped car design and typically feature no bottom unloading capabilities. For coal service, Coal Gondolas are equipped with rotary couplers, allowing the cars to be tipped upside down when unloading product. For non-coal Gondolas, product is typically scooped from the car with backhoe loaders and excavators. 

Utilization of the North American Gondola fleet is heavily driven by the coal market and steel industry. How will the availability of alternative fuel sources affect this fleet? How will the steel industry's improving prospects help the performance of the Mill Gondola segment? 

Closer Look: Gondolas 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.

Closer Look: Gondolas

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