Repair costs are not the same on all railroads and routes. There is often a correlation between miles run on a railroad and repair dollars spent on a railroad, but not always. Some routes and railroads have higher or lower repair costs per mile. Differences in electronic car monitoring devices for one route or railroad, like wheel impact detectors, can affect repair spends. Aggressive RIP track repair work can also have an impact on repair costs. Knowing this information could alter lease vs own and railcar preventative maintenance/inspection decisions.

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