Closer Look: Open Top Hoppers

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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 Open Top Hoppers and how this fleet’s demographics are responding to challenging coal markets.

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Open Top Hoppers are designed to carry bulk materials, especially coal, and other mining industry products such as crushed stone, aggregate materials, and ores. The vast majority of this fleet’s traffic base is comprised of coal, a commodity struggling to maintain its historic shipment volumes.

Despite its reliance on coal, the Open Top Hopper fleet includes some segments that have a favorable outlook and will benefit from a slightly more diverse commodity base.

Closer Look: Open Top Hoppers Report Contains

  • A detailed fleet analysis by AllTranstek’s unique car type segmentation scheme, dividing the Open Top Hopper fleet into 8 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: Open Top Hoppers

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