Perspectives & Updates
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The Automotive Railcar Market: An Introduction
In 2015 auto producers sold a record 17.5 million cars and light trucks in the U.S, a 5.7% increase over 2014. The surge in demand was a result of both lower gas prices and a steadily improving economy from the 2008 recession. Barring an unforeseen recession or geopolitical shock to global oil markets, these trends should continue to be a tailwind for the North American auto industry. Strong auto sales are good news for the rail industry since auto manufacturers use rail to move parts to their plants and to deliver finished vehicles to market.
Thu, Apr 07 2016 9:00AM PST
Video: Greenbrier Launches Second Articulated Kirby Barge
On January 23rd, 2016, we launched our second articulated Kirby barge at our flagship manufacturing plant, Gunderson, in Portland, Oregon. A little rain didn't deter crowds from coming out to see this impressive barge, measuring more than one and a half football fields long and one of the largest ever built in Greenbrier's history.
Tue, Mar 8 2016 9:06AM PST
U.S. Legislative Update for the Freight Rail Industry: FAST Act & 2016 Omnibus Appropriations
For the first time three years, Congress passed a funding and authorization bill to govern United States federal surface transportation spending. In December, the FAST Act (“Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act”) passed and was signed followed immediately by the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill later in the month. Both pieces of legislation have important implications for the freight rail industry. Here’s our analysis.
Wed, Feb 3 2016 12:01PM PST
The Basics of Railcar Cleaning & Re-Lining
Like the cars, SUVs and trucks we drive, freight railcars periodically need basic maintenance to operate safely and efficiently. At GBW Railcar Services, we offer a multitude of maintenance and repair services to keep railcars in good working order.
Tue, Dec 29 2015 8:00AM PST
Freight Rail: Change is the Only Constant
Each year brings a new dynamic to the freight rail industry. Sometimes the shift is subtle while other times black swan events catch many by surprise. One only needs to look back to the end of 2014 to find the most recent example of such a tectonic shift, when oil prices fell nearly 50% to their lowest normalized level since the mid 2000’s.
Tue, Nov 10 2015 12:00AM PST
Launch of Kirby Barge Draws Record Crowd
On May 30th, 2015, a clear, sunny Saturday in Portland, Oregon, a record crowd of nearly 3,000 people flocked to see the launch of Kirby Barge 185-01 at Greenbrier’s Gunderson flagship manufacturing facility on The Columbia River.
Sat, May 30 2015 10:32AM PST