The North American freight rail-car market remains robust according to Economic Planning Associates Inc.’s (EPA) Their Railcar Overview report of 2015 1Q report points out that the market DEMAND for all types of covered hoppers continues to increase, along with a very strong market for intermodal stack container rail wagon types.
EPA as of mid year still projects total year 2015 deliveries of 88,000 cars and platforms in 2015,… …and assemblies of 78,500 units in 2016.
AT THE SAME TIME…. …new car orders are slowing. The primarily slowing is from lower tank-car orders. Rail-car orders of all types totaled 15,952 units in 1Q, down from 37,431 in the fourth-quarter 2014 and 24,050 in first-quarter of 2014,
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