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Rail Closer Look: Tank Cars 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.

In the report, gain insight by car type segment: validate your views surrounding Large Pressure Tank Cars and the impact on Large General Purpose Tank Cars due to new regulations.

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




Tank Cars are a highly specialized fleet of railcars equipped to haul a wide assortment of liquids and gases. Because of the volatile and hazardous characteristics of many of these commodities, tank cars are outfitted with a large number of appurtenances designed to prevent the release of commodity from the car, prevent damage to the car, and facilitate the safe handling of products with corrosive properties.

Of all the major car types, Tank Cars have the most historically stable investment activity. However, the North American tank car fleet is feeling supply/demand pressure across various car types. 

Closer Look: Tank Cars 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: Tank Cars

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