Monthly Trends examines the data RTA collects from members every month. These reports provide suppliers and railroad industry partners with the latest analysis of tie demand, inventory and production information available.

The Purchases, Inventory, and ISR Report is separated into two documents. The first is a PDF with the current month’s analysis of all the data available (1988-current). It provides several graphs and commentary in Executive Summary Format including sales to inventory ratios, YTD, quarterly and monthly data, and selected comparisons of pertinent information. Purchases data are calculated based on the difference between monthly production and the change in inventory. This is the most important producer information that RTA uses in its econometric forecasting process for tie demand. The second document is the data itself in the viewable Excel. Contact [email protected] with questions or access to work with this password-protected file.

Purchases, Inventory & ISR Report (PDF)
Purchases, Inventory & ISR Data (Excel)
Green Tie Historical Pricing Report & Analysis (PDF)

Examples of the new graph and histogram:

Use the free RTA Interactive Spreadsheet to create individual scenarios and yearly forecasts. Default percentages may be changed to adjust for changing conditions and to assess potential market outcomes from those changes.

The new monthly RTA Trends Report is a Procurement Trends Dashboard representing the monthly opinions of in-the-field wood tie buyers who procure untreated crossties from sawmills in their specific regions.

The Class 1 Tie Report contains the Class I railroad submitted monthly inventory and tie demand estimates from six US and Canadian Class I railroads. This data allows the reader to see how many ties (green and treated) the Class 1s estimate they have committed compared to their estimates for demand over the ensuing 12-month period.

The Historical Pricing Trends section is composed of two separate approaches to historic prices of wood crossties. The first approach is comprised of four graphs. The National graph is a blended trend line of the three Regions. These trend lines are composed of composite high-low data graciously provided by the Hardwood Market Report, Memphis TN, and because of that does not necessarily reflect actual market pricing. It does clearly illustrate trends occurring in the marketplace for green crossties as compared to Green 4/2A Red Oak lumber. The second approach, Nominal and Real Prices of Wood Products is also a series of four graphs. These figures represent nominal historical pricing data vs. two different approaches to inflation-adjusted (Real) data for the last 20 years, then compared with RTA member production, purchases, and inventories for the same period. These four graphs (also shown as a link below) should be self-explanatory and give business planners different representations of historic pricing trends. RTA thanks The Hardwood Market Report for the raw data which is rescaled and adjusted for inflation by RTA's economists.

Trends Report

Class 1 Tie Report

Green Tie Historical Pricing Report & Analysis (PDF)