Monthly Trends

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 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.

RTA thanks The Hardwood Market Report for the raw data which is rescaled and adjusted for inflation by RTA's economists.