Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Passenger railcar orders remain strong

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Railway Age’s annual survey shows that 1,129 passenger railcars were delivered to operators in the U.S. and Canada in 2010. That was just 12 cars shy the 1,141 that the magazine reported were ordered in 2009, which itself was the highest level of deliveries since 2002.

Railway Age Managing Editor Douglas John Bowen, who conducted the survey, said carbuilders on Jan. 1 had a backlog of 3,488 passenger railcars of all types on order,  with the prospect of picking up an additional 1,599 new orders in 2011.

He said the outlook is also bright for the five-year period 2011-1216, when both Washington and San Francisco will replacing their car fleets. Respondents to the Railway Age survey said U.S. and Canadian agencies already have plans for acquiring 4,366 new cars in that period, of which up to 748 would be for the Washington Metro and 600-700 for Bay Area Rapid Transit.

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