Railroad Equipment Manufacturing Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 4/8/2024
SIC Codes: 3743
NAICS Codes: 336510
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Companies in this industry manufacture locomotives, freight and passenger rail cars, and brakes and other parts and equipment used in railroad operations. Major companies include Greenbrier, Progress Rail, Trinity Rail (Trinity Industries Subsidiary), and Wabtec (all based in the US), along with Alstom (France), Bombardier (Canada), CRRC Corporation (China), Hitachi (Japan), and Siemens (Germany).

Worldwide, the railroad equipment manufacturing industry is expected to generate about $222 billion by 2028, according to Extrapolate. Leading exporting countries for production of railroad equipment include China, Germany, and the US, according to Economia.

The US railroad equipment manufacturing industry includes about 230 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $13 billion.


Demand for freight rolling stock is driven by fuel prices, as high gas prices shift freight transport from trucks to rail. Demand for passenger rail rolling stock is driven by public investment in regional rail transportation. The profitability of individual companies depends on securing long-term sales contracts with railroad companies and leasing agencies. Large companies have advantages in manufacturing economies of scale. Small companies can compete effectively through consulting services and custom-building locomotive and passenger railcars. The US industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for more than 95% of industry revenue.

Imported railroad equipment comes from China, Germany, and China, according to Economia.


Major products include new and rebuilt diesel-electric locomotives and parts and accessories for ...

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