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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Designed to ship domestic and imported automobiles, trucks, SUVs, and mini-vans.
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.
Designed to transport bundled building supplies, a center partition secures the product in place.
Designed to handle shipments of free-flowing dry bulk commodities. Cars are loaded from the top and the product is discharged from the bottom.
Designed for products such as coiled steel, steel plate, or high-grade ores.
Designs come in a variety of lengths, tonnage, and capacities for specialized commodities that are not subject to damage from the elements.
Designed to ship heavy bulk commodities that include scrap metal, aggregates, logs, lumber, etc.
Containers and trailers that transport freight of all kinds.
Designed to control the temperature of perishable freight such as fresh fruits, vegetables, frozen food, and more.
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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.
Used to ship compressed or liquid commodities, the majority of tank cars are owned by non-railroad companies.