"When are the Fleet Stats coming out?" It's a question I start hearing in late spring and into early summer. Summer's in full swing and the stats are in. As ever, data for five of the charts comes courtesy of the Association of American Railroads: Selected Car Fleet Data, Freight Cars Installed by Class Is and Others, How the North American Freight Car Fleet Has Changed, North American Freight Cars by Type and Age, and Class I Locomotives. Two charts are based primarily on information gleaned from the April 2015 edition of The Official Railway Equipment Register: Railroad Car Owners and Private Car Owners. Rail-car equipment is listed by AAR reporting mark, except where indicated (see the Private Car Owners chart). Happy digging.
In reply to Tom: