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Helping Manage Market Dynamics

Whether you are buying or building new railcars, companies need to be able to identify trends and turn those into opportunities for growth in the market. Only FTR combines a strong understanding of freight demand with expertise in railcar equipment to produce the most comprehensive outlook available.

Along with the finest forecasts in the industry you get expert written summaries throughout the report that are clear and to the point. After reading the report you should have a clear understanding of the most relevant issues and the upside and downside risks that are affecting the economy, transportation and more specifically the rail industry.


  • Forecast for equipment deliveries
  • Detailed unit forecast by cartype
  • 5 year forecast with near term quarterly breakdowns
  • Stay up-to-date on key trends and insights on the rail equipment market
  • In-depth report with easy to digest analysis


Databases / Graphs / Tables

  • Comprehensive database is included with history (back to 1992 where available) and forecast for much of the data presented in the report.
  • Need access to the full historical data of railcar orders, backlogs, and deliveries? Become an ARCI Data subscriber (part of the Railway Supply Institute) and get access to the full history of railcar equipment data going back to 1994 at no additional charge. Contact Helen Lile ( / 888.988.1699 x45) for additional information.
  • Access to supplemental tables include 2-digit STCC N.A. carloadings originated summary tables for the major equipment types:
    • Box, Covered Hopper, Refigerator, Gondola, Open-Top Hopper, Flat, Tank, and all other

Download a Rail Equipment Outlook Sample Database


Subscriber Benefits

  • WEBINARS -- Complimentary access to FTR's "State of Freight" webinars held throughout the year. These webinars feature FTR staff discussing the current economy, trucking, rail, and intermodal situations.
  • SUPPORT -- Product support is provided to help users get the most out of their subscription.
  • USERS -- 5 free accounts/users are associated with each subscription.
  • ONLINE ACCESS -- Report in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format for easy viewing and saving. New report notifications emailed directly to you. Archives of all reports through your 'My Services' webpage.