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Closer Look: Gondolas

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The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic forecasting model and analysis in a collaborative methodology 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 shipping.

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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. The vast majority of this fleet’s traffic base is comprised of coal, a commodity failing to maintain traditional shipment volumes witnessed over the past 20 years. The demise of coal has come at the hands of cheap natural gas, and the consequences of deteriorating rail coal volumes have been severe for Gondola equipment. 

Closer Look: Gondolas Report Contains

  • A detailed fleet analysis by AllTranstek’s unique car type segmentation scheme, dividing the Gondola fleet into 9 diverse sub-segments
  • 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
  • Ownership mix profiles across railroads, shippers, and leasing companies
  • 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
  • AllTranstek’s unique Car Demand Pressure Index, illustrating the relationship between fleet size and shipping activity since 2007
  • Fleet ownership mix, age profile, retirement trends, and new equipment delivery forecast for the fleet as a whole
The full Closer Look Series includes Box Car, 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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