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Closer Look: Tank Cars

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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 about how the Tank Car fleet has been adapting to the extremely active market and how this fleet fares moving forward.

NOTE: Save $300 off of each additional report you purchase in the Closer Look Series. Please contact Helen Lile at hlile@ftrintel.com or (888) 988.1699, ext. 1 to obtain a Promotion Code for ordering.




Tank Cars are a highly specialized fleet of railcars equipped to haul a wide assortment of liquids and gases. Because of the volatile and hazardous characteristics of many of these commodities, tank cars are outfitted with a large number of appurtenances designed to prevent the release of commodity from the car, prevent damage to the car, and facilitate the safe handling of products with corrosive properties.

Of all the major car types, Tank Cars have the most historically stable investment activity. However, a pair of heavy build cycles over the past decade has grown this fleet at an exponential rate, attributable to the ethanol and crude-by-rail booms.

Closer Look: Tank Cars Report Contains

  • A detailed fleet analysis by AllTranstek’s unique car type segmentation scheme, dividing the Tank Car 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: Tank Cars

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