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Freight Railroad Revenue, Income & Investment

This table presents U.S. Class I freight railroad operating revenue, net income, and capital expenditures (capex) since 1951. Capex includes investments in both equipment and infrastructure. Data was compiled from Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports with charts and analysis by RailServe.com. Figures in the table have not been adjusted for inflation. When adjusting for inflation, 2013 revenue ($72.9B) is approximately 22% lower than 1951 revenue ($10.4B, or $93.2B in 2013 dollars).

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  Year Revenue
(billions)
Net Income
(billions)
Net Income
(% of rev)
Capex
(billions)
Capex
(% of rev)
 
  1951 $10.4 $0.69 7% $1.4 14%  
  1952 $10.6 $0.83 8% $1.3 13%  
  1953 $10.7 $0.90 8% $1.3 12%  
  1954 $9.4 $0.68 7% $0.82 9%  
  1955 $10.1 $0.93 9% $0.91 9%  
  1956 $10.6 $0.88 8% $1.2 12%  
  1957 $10.5 $0.74 7% $1.4 13%  
  1958 $9.6 $0.60 6% $0.74 8%  
  1959 $9.8 $0.58 6% $0.82 8%  
  1960 $9.5 $0.44 5% $0.92 10%  
  1961 $9.2 $0.38 4% $0.65 7%  
  1962 $9.4 $0.57 6% $0.83 9%  
  1963 $9.6 $0.65 7% $1.0 11%  
  1964 $9.9 $0.70 7% $1.4 14%  
  1965 $10.2 $0.81 8% $1.6 16%  
  1966 $10.7 $0.90 8% $2.0 18%  
  1967 $10.4 $0.55 5% $1.5 15%  
  1968 $10.9 $0.62 6% $1.2 11%  
  1969 $11.5 $0.52 5% $1.5 13%  
  1970 $12.0 $0.23 2% $1.4 11%  
  1971 $12.7 $0.25 2% $1.2 9%  
  1972 $13.4 $0.32 2% $1.2 9%  
  1973 $14.8 $0.36 2% $1.3 9%  
  1974 $16.9 $0.73 4% $1.6 9%  
  1975 $16.4 $0.14 1% $1.8 11%  
  1976 $18.5 $0.35 2% $1.7 9%  
  1977 $20.1 $0.33 2% $2.3 11%  
  1978 $21.7 $0.31 1% $2.7 13%  
  1979 $25.2 $0.94 4% $3.3 13%  
  1980 $28.3 $1.1 4% $3.3 12%  
  1981 $30.9 $2.0 6% $2.8 9%  
  1982 $27.5 $1.2 4% $2.2 8%  
  1983 $26.7 $1.8 7% $2.8 10%  
  1984 $29.5 $2.6 9% $3.9 13%  
  1985 $27.6 $1.8 7% $4.3 16%  
  1986 $26.2 $0.7 3% $3.7 14%  
  1987 $26.6 $2.0 8% $3.0 11%  
  1988 $27.9 $2.3 8% $3.8 14%  
  1989 $28.0 $2.0 7% $3.8 14%  
  1990 $28.4 $2.0 7% $3.7 13%  
  1991 $27.8 ($0.1) (0%) $3.5 13%  
  1992 $28.3 $2.1 6% $3.7 13%  
  1993 $28.8 $2.3 8% $4.1 14%  
  1994 $30.8 $3.3 11% $4.9 16%  
  1995 $32.3 $2.3 7% $6.0 19%  
  1996 $32.7 $3.9 12% $6.1 19%  
  1997 $33.1 $3.2 10% $6.3 19%  
  1998 $33.2 $2.8 8% $7.2 22%  
  1999 $33.5 $3.0 9% $6.6 20%  
  2000 $34.1 $2.5 7% $6.1 18%  
  2001 $34.2 $2.7 8% $5.4 16%  
  2002 $35.3 $3.2 9% $5.7 16%  
  2003 $35.7 $2.7 8% $5.9 17%  
  2004 $40.5 $2.9 7% $6.2 15%  
  2005 $46.1 $4.9 11% $6.4 14%  
  2006 $52.2 $6.5 12% $8.5 16%  
  2007 $54.6 $6.8 12% $9.2 17%  
  2008 $61.2 $8.1 13% $10.2 17%  
  2009 $47.8 $6.4 13% $9.9 21%  
  2010 $58.4 $9.2 16% $9.8 17%  
  2011 $67.4 $11.0 16% $11.6 17%  
  2012 $69.9 $11.9 17% $13.5 19%  
  2013 $72.9 $13.4 18% $13.1 18%  
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