Posts Tagged ‘Railway Supply Institute’

Rail Car Orders Up in 1st Quarter

May 11, 2021

Rail-car orders in the first quarter of 2021 were 6,227 units, an increase from 3,397 units in the fourth quarter of 2020 the Railway Supply Institute’s American Railway Car Institute Committee reported.

A year ago, first quarter orders stood at 6,172 units.

Car deliveries in the first quarter fell to 5,996 units from 6,216 units in the fourth quarter and 10,824 in the first quarter of 2020.

The rail-car backlog was 34,829 units on April 1 which compares with 34,598 on Dec. 31, 2020; 37,417 on Oct. 1, 2020; and 39,612 on July 1, 2020.

Rail Car Orders Decreased in 4th Quarter

January 27, 2021

The Railway Supply Institute’s American Railway Car Institute Committee reported recently that during the fourth quarter of 2020 rail car orders decreased to 3,397 units from 5,783 units in the third quarter, and from 8,464 units in fourth-quarter 2019.

Rail car deliveries and the backlog also declined during the fourth quarter, as the industry continued to grapple with economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, RSI officials said.

Cars delivered in the quarter fell to 6,216 units from 7,953 in the third quarter, and from 14,727 units delivered during fourth-quarter 2019. 

The rail-car backlog stood at 34,598 units on Dec. 31, 2020, down from 37,417 on Oct. 1, 2020.

During 2020 orders fell to 17,275 units compared with 37,196 in 2019, while 2020 deliveries dropped to 33,434 units from 58,026 in 2019.

Transportation Trade Groups Seek Priority in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

December 18, 2020

Trade groups representing railroad workers, public transit agencies and companies that supply the railroad industry are trying to pressure government officials to give some of their workers priority in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine that is now being distributed.

Among those writing letters to federal and state officials have been the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, the Association of American Railroads, the American Public Transportation Association and the Railway Supply Institute.

Trade groups representing various other modes of transportation have also sought priority for their workers.

The groups are citing  a guideline of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that essential workers, including those in transportation, be included in the second priority group or Phase 1b of the vaccine distribution.

Highest priority (Phase 1a) is being given to health care workers and others such as those working in nursing homes.

Some of the letters being written by the transportation trade associations have been sent senators on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Transportation and Safety Subcommittee to request “timely access” to the vaccine.

APTA has written to all state governors “urging them to consider prioritizing transit workers as they develop their vaccination distribution plans.”

In its statement, RSI said those working for railway suppliers should be among the early recipient groups vaccine because of their supporting role for passenger and freight railroads “as they deliver people, food, fuel, medicine, and other supplies that have sustained our nation’s pandemic response and economic recovery.”

Rail Car Deliveries Fell in 2nd Quarter

July 25, 2020

Rail car deliveries in the second quarter were 8,441 units, a fall of 15,623 units when compared to the same period in 2019 period.

The Railway Supply Institute’s American Railway Car Institute Committee said rail cars delivered during the second quarter this year also fell when compared to the first quarter deliveries of this year of 10,824 units.

The number of rail cars ordered in the second quarter declined to 1,923 units from 11,754 ordered during the same period a year ago.

Orders previously totaled 6,172 units in the first quarter and 8,464 units in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The rail car backlog was 39,612 units on July 1, down from 46,330 units on April 1.

The backlog previously totaled 51,295 units on Dec. 31, 2019, and 58,127 units on Oct. 1, 2019.

Railcar Orders Fell in 1st Quarter

April 25, 2020

Orders for new railcars slowed in the first quarter of 2020, the Railway Supply Institute’s American Railway Car Institute reported this week.

The railcar industry order, delivery and backlog statistics show that orders in the first quarter were 6,172 cars vs. 9,663 in the first quarter of 2019.

The corresponding figure for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 8,464 cars.

Railcar builders delivered 10,824 railcars in this year’s first quarter, which was 26.5 percent lower than the 14,727 railcars delivered in fourth quarter of 2019.

The railcar backlog is now 46,330 railcars, down 9.7 percent from 51,295 cars in the fourth quarter of 2019 and the lowest backlog figure since the fourth quarter of 2010.

The backlog implies a net cancellation of 313 railcars, consisting primarily of tank cars and some gondolas.

RR Car Builders Exceeded Average with 2019 Deliveries

February 1, 2020

Railroad car builders exceeded the 10-year average last year in delivering new rail cars.

The American Railway Car Institute of the Railway Supply Institute said builders delivered 58,026 cars, which exceeded the 10-year average of 50,524.

ARCI said during the fourth quarter of 2019 deliveries of 14,727 units beat deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2018 (13,462), as well as those posted in the third quarter of 2019 (14,571).

However, orders for calendar year 2019 were 37,196 units, about half of the reported orders made in 2018.

In a news release, ARCI said new car orders in the fourth quarter totaled 8,464 units, showing “continued weakness” but still slightly better than the 7,315 units ordered in the third quarter of 2019.

The fourth quarter 2019 orders were less than half of those at the end of 2018.

The year-end rail-car backlog at the end of 2019 was 51,295 units, down 36 percent from 2018’s level.

“Builder backlogs are across all major car types with the majority of the backlog in tank cars, followed by covered hoppers,” ARCI officials said.

“Builders are seeing a shift out of the smaller cube covered hoppers into the midsize covered hopper and continued demand for larger non-pressure tank cars.”

Rail Car Orders Lagged in the 3rd Quarter

October 26, 2019

Rail car builders continue to produce new cars at a robust pace, but new orders are lagging, which the American Railway Car Institute said is evidence of a softer rail market.

During the third quarter of 2019 there were 7,315 rail-car orders placed, which was below the 11,754 cars ordered in the second quarter of this year and substantially less than the 24,972 cars ordered in the third quarter of 2018.

Car deliveries in the third quarter fell 7 percent to 14,571 cars from the 15,623 cars delivered in the second quarter, but rose 30 percent from the 11,221 cars delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

The rail-car backlog of 58,127 units on Oct. 1, was the lowest level since the second quarter of 2011 the ARCI said.

The Oct. 1 figure compares with 69,227 cars on July 1 and 73,076 cars on April 1.

The ARCI is part of the Railway Supply Institute.

RSI Says Rail Car Orders Rose in 2nd Quarter

July 25, 2018

The Railway Supply Institute’s American Railway Car Institute Committee reported this week that Rail car orders in the second quarter of 2018 totaled 23,788 units compared with 10,348 units in the first quarter of this year and 17,665 units in the second quarter of 2017.

Car deliveries in the second quarter declined to 13,071 units from 13,098 units in the first quarter, but were higher than the 10,625 units delivered in the second quarter of 2017.

The rail car backlog was 65,161 units on July 1, which compares with 55,216 units on April 1; 58,275 units on Dec. 31, 2017; and 64,253 units on Oct. 1, 2017.

Rail Car Orders, Tie Production Show Increases

April 26, 2018

Rail car orders and crosstie production are both up this year.

The Railway Supply Institute said rail-car orders in the first quarter totaled 10,348 units compared with 8,501 units in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 4,814 units in the first quarter of 2017.

However, car deliveries in the first quarter of 2018 fell to 13,098 units from 13,404 units in the fourth quarter of 2017. Deliveries for the third and second quarters of 2017 were 11,015 and 10,625 units, respectively. In the first quarter of 2017, deliveries totaled 10,042 units.

The rail-car backlog stood at 55,216 units as of April 1, 2018. That compares with 53,475 on Dec. 31, 2017; 64,253 on Oct. 1, 2017; and 66,561 on July 1, 2017, according to ARCI data.

The Railway Tie Association said tie production increased 4.3 percent to 1.47 million units in March and tie purchases inched up 0.2 percent to 1.84 million units compared with February levels.

On a year-over-year basis, purchases were up 2.7 percent in March, but production was down 21.1 percent.

In the first quarter, production totaled 4.16 million ties, down 25.1 percent compared with the same 2017 period. But purchases totaling 5.26 million ties climbed 21.8 percent.

Rail Car Orders Fell in 2017 4th Quarter

January 29, 2018

The American Railway Car Institute Committee of the Railway Supply Institute said last week that rail-car orders in the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled 8,501 units compared with 8,671 units in the third quarter and 4,866 units in the fourth quarter of 2016

Car deliveries in the last quarter of 2017 rose to 13,404 units from 11,015 units in the third quarter. Deliveries for the second quarter and first quarter of 2017 were 10,625 and 10,042 units, respectively.

By comparison deliveries in the last quarter of 2016 were 14,914 units.

At the end of 2017, the rail-car backlog was 58,275 units, a drop from the backlog of 64,253 units on Oct. 1, 2017; 66,561 on July 1, 2017; and 60,471 on April 1, 2017.