RAILCAR DELIVERIES DECLINE IN QUARTER

RAILCAR DELIVERIES DECLINE IN QUARTER

Railroads took delivery of 6,331 new freight cars in the third quarter of 1991, down from 7,659 in the comparable 1990 period, according to the Association of American Railroads and the American Railway Car Institute.

Carriers took delivery of 1,780 rebuilt cars, compared with 1,706 in the 1990 third quarter.The backlog of cars on order Oct. 1 fell to 8,775 from 12,214 a year earlier. There were 1,148 rebuilt cars on order Oct. 1, up from 500 a year earlier.

The AAR also reported that 99 new and rebuilt locomotives were delivered to Class 1 railroads in the third quarter, compared with 145 a year earlier. The backlog of locomotives on order fell to 88 on Oct. 1 from 111 on Oct. 1, 1990.

Although the locomotive fleet fell to 19,553 on Oct. 1 from 19,865 a year earlier, cumulative horsepower increased slightly, reflecting retirement of smaller units and the purchase of more powerful units.