Freight Car Statistics

The RSI American Railway Car Institute Committee (ARCI) prepares and distributes statistics on North American freight car orders, deliveries, and backlogs to its affiliate members each financial quarter. The RSI ARCI is the only organization that tabulates and publishes proprietary freight car statistics and is only available to ARCI affiliate members.

These statistics include information on:

  •     Covered Hoppers (over 5500 c/f, 3500-5500 c/f, under 3500 c/f)
  •     Open Top Hoppers (steel, aluminum)
  •     Gondolas (GB steel, GT steel, GT aluminum)
  •     Flat Cars (non-intermodal, intermodal)
  •     Non-Articulated / Articulated (5 unit platforms, other platforms)
  •     Tank Cars

Quarterly Summaries

ARCI Affiliate Membership

RSI restricts ARCI Committee membership to North American freight car builders only. However, RSI has affiliate committee membership for any company that wishes to receive quarterly freight car statistics and historical freight car data. Typical affiliate members are component suppliers for the freight car industry, leasing companies, and financial institutions.

ARCI Affiliate Member dues are $5,000 per calendar year plus the cost of membership with the Railway Supply Institute. Organizations that are not component suppliers or freight car leasing companies can subscribe at the expense of $10,000 per year. The cost of the ARCI is well worth the value as the RSI ARCI is the only organization that tabulates and publishes freight car statistics and works with the Class 1 railroads in the development of freight cars. The ARCI does not charge members to attend meetings or, for meal functions; it is an all-inclusive amount.