Rail Equipment Descriptions

The following car descriptions include each car's general usage, the main types of commodities shipped in each style of car and some of the special features which distinguish the various styles.

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Automotive Racks
Designed to ship domestic and imported automobiles, trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.
Boxcars
Designed to transport crated or palletized freight of all kinds. Boxcars are the most common type of rail cars with a variety of sizes and features.
Centerbeams
Designed to transport bundled building supplies, a center partition secures the product in place.
Covered Hoppers
Designed to handle shipments of free flowing dry bulk commodities. Cars are loaded from the top and product is discharged from the bottom.
Coil Cars
Designed for products such as coiled steel, steel plate or high grade ores.
Flatcars
Designs come in a variety of lengths, tonnage and capacities for specialized commodities that are not subject to damage from the elements.

Gondolas
Designed to ship heavy bulk commodities that includes scrap metal, aggregates, logs, lumber, etc.

Intermodal Equipment
Containers and trailers that transport freight of all kinds.

Refrigerated Boxcar
Designed to control the temperature of perishable freight such as fresh fruits, vegetables, frozen food and more.

Open Top Hoppers
Designed to handle heavy dry bulk commodities that are not affected by weather conditions and will flow or discharge through the bottom gates into storage pits.

 

Tank Cars
Used to ship compressed or liquid commodities, the majority of tank cars are owned by non-railroad companies.