This is a survey of rail-car statistics for 2003, detailing railroad car owners, private car owners, how the U.S. freight car fleet has changed, freight cars by type and age, Class I locomotives, new rail car market by type, and passenger vehicles. The article begins with an overview by the editor who says the North American rail industry is holding its own, despite flat carload volumes, rising fuel costs, and a range of global uncertainties. Statistics show that rail-car ownership continues to shift to private, or non-railroad, hands. In addition, the rail-car fleet is getting older. The average age of railroad-marked cars is 21.2 years, up from 20 years in January 1998. While North American locomotive orders continued to slide in 2002, locomotive builders can expect an upturn next year as Class Is begin to order more units to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Tier 2 emission standards.

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    Trade Press Publishing Corporation

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  • Authors:
    • Foran, Pat
  • Publication Date: 2003-5


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00961082
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM