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America’s freight railroads collect enormous amounts of data about equipment performance, rail car usage, repairs and fleet health. Together with industry partners, railroads are finding innovative new ways to use Big Data to ensure safety. Collecting and analyzing data throughout the entirety of the nation’s rail network allows railroads to track the health of rail equipment and find patterns that can predict when repairs are needed. By predicting problems before they happen, the industry can better manage its equipment and infrastructure and create new standards meant to make America’s safe rail network even safer.​​