• Monthly Trends will allow you to examine the information RTA routinely collects on a variety of different issues. Our intent is to supply railroad industries other interested parties with the latest purchase and production information available.Train scene
  • The Purchases Report contains monthly production and inventory data from 1988 to the current month for which RTA producers report. It also provides several key moving averages, sale to inventory ratios, quarterly data, and select comparative data. Purchases 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.
  • Check out the new monthly RTA Trends Report. The Railway Tie Association Procurement Trends Dashboard represents 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 Class 1 railroad submitted monthly inventory and tie demand estimates from six US and Canadian Class 1 railroads.This data allows the reader to see how many ties (green and treated) the Class 1s say 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 time period. These four graphs (also shown as a link below) should be self-explanatory and give business planners different representations of historic pricing trends. The raw data, once again, is provided to RTA compliments of the Hardwood Market Report and rescaled and adjusted for inflation by RTA's economists.

Purchases Report
Trends Report
Class 1 Tie Report

Nominal and Real Prices of Wood Products (1995-present)