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Perspectives & Updates

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Barge launches, conference highlights, trade shows, white papers, community activities, industry commentary, awards and recognition, or employee profiles, it’s all here at Perspectives & Updates.

Additionally, our annual company review video is available on our financial information page for those wishing to get a high-level overview of our recent performance.

  • Fri, Jun 24, 2016 01:00 PM PST

    Freight Rail Industry in Middle East Gulf Countries Poised for Growth

    In the same way the United States’ economy has benefited from the expansion of the rail network, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries plan to broaden their economies by building a connected rail network over the next several years. Comprised of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, the GCC is expected to add approximately 5,000 miles of track to the existing network, a 500% increase in capacity.

  • Thu, Apr 7, 2016 09:00 AM PST

    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.

  • Tue, Mar 8, 2016 09:06 AM 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.

  • Thu, Feb 4, 2016 12:01 PM 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.

  • Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:00 AM 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, Nov 10, 2015 12:00 PM 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.