Closed Car Loading Methods

Though established test procedures the Damage Prevention and Loading Services group develops successful loading methods and evaluates new materials to prevent freight damage and ensure safe movement. The Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Committee reviews and approves all new closed car loading methods and materials prior to publication.

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Circular 42 – N: General Rules Covering the Loading of Carload Shipments of Commodities in Closed Cars

Closed Car Loading Standards

Part

Subject / Title

Publication Date

Formerly

Incorporates

1

Minimum Loading Standards for Freight in General Purpose Boxcars

      Pneumatic Dunnage Product Verification List
      Nonmetallic Strap Substitution for Doorway Protection

GIS Updates:

838 Unitizing with Stretch Wrap or Film, Stretch Wrap Roping, Shrink Netting, or Shrink Film (6/20)

850 Unitizing – On Wood Pallets (8/20)

01/2014

Pamphlet No. 14, Minimum Loading Standards for Freight in General Purpose and Specially Equipped Boxcars (12/84)

G.I.S. Nos. 583, 701, 709, and 715

2

Best Practices for Loading of Roll Paper in Railcars

 

12/2019

Best Practices for Loading of Roll Paper in Railcars (08/16);

G.I.S. Nos 749, 752, 753, 758, 761, 766, 769, 771, 772, 773. 774, 776, 788, 790, 796, 801, 804, 807, 808, 812, 813, 818, 819, 820, and 821

GIS Updates:

828 44 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. Cushioned Boxcars Using Horizontal Airbags (12/19)

829 39 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. Cushioned Boxcars Using Vertical Airbags (12/19)

832 47in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with Plug Doors (4/20)

837 54 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. Boxcars (5/20)

839 Contour Pad Application with Roll Paper (6/20)

841 60 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with 12 ft. Plug Doors (6/20)

842 52 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with Plug Doors (6/20)

844 46 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with Plug Doors (7/20)

845 Roll Paper in Boxcars with Doorway Rolls on Risers and Rubber Mats (7/20)

846 Securing Incomplete Layers of Paper Rolls (7/20)

847 50 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. Boxcars – 21 & 22 Floor Spot Patterns (7/20)

848 Lengthwise Void Fillers for Roll Paper (7/20)

849 72 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with 16 ft. Double Plug Doors Secured with Double-S Straps (7/20)

851 50 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with Plug Doors- 23 Floor Spots (8/20)

853 59 in. Diameter - Cellulose Loaded in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with 16 ft. Plug Doors (10/20)

855 79 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with 16 ft. Double Plug Doors Secured with Double-S Straps (10/20)

856 76 in. Diameter Rolls Loaded in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with 16 ft. Double Plug Doors Secured with Anchored H-Strap (10/20)

857 Incomplete Layer Securement for 50 in. Roll Paper in 50 ft. or 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars (11/20)

3

Minimum Loading Standards for Plywood and Similar Building Products in Closed Cars

03/2014

Pamphlet No. 8, Minimum Loading Standards for Sanded and Sheathing Plywood in Closed Cars (11/85)

G.I.S. Nos. 549, 598, 616, 640, 645, 654, 655, 657, 698, 706, 708, and 720

 

GIS Updates:

760 Incomplete Layers of Plywood or OSB in Boxcars Secured with Nonmetallic Straps (2/17)

823 Plywood and Similar Panel Products Loading Doorway Areas (10/19)

4

Minimum Loading Standards for Lumber in Closed Cars

06/2014

Pamphlet No. 20, Minimum Loading Standards for Lumber in Closed Cars (10/87)

G.I.S. Nos. 592, 596, 699, and 708

5

Minimum Loading Standards for Building Brick in Closed Cars

06/2014

Pamphlet No. 6, Minimum Requirements for Loading, Bracing and Blocking Carload Shipments of Building Brick in Closed Cars (8/83)

G.I.S. Nos. 629 and 705

 

GIS Updates:

826 Building Brick in Closed Cars – Incomplete Layer Securement –Woodpack Walls (Litco) (11/19)

6

Minimum Loading Standards for Prepared Food and Similarly Packaged Products in Closed Cars

02/2014

Pamphlet No. 17, Minimum Loading Standards for Packaged Food Products in Closed Cars and TOFC/COFC (10/88)

G.I.S. Nos. 667, 693, and 734

 

GIS Updates:

838 Unitizing with Stretch Wrap or Film, Stretch Wrap Roping, Shrink Netting, or Shrink Film (6/20)

7

Minimum Loading Standards for Intermediate Bulk Containers in Closed Cars

07/2014

New

G.I.S. Nos. 659, 695, 707, 711, 712, 714, 716, 721 and 724

GIS Updates:

754 Wood Bins Braced by Disposable Inflatable Dunnage Bags and Lengthwise Void Fillers (10/16)

765 Wood Bins Braced by Disposable Inflatable Dunnage Bags and Shock-Gard® Lengthwise Void Fillers (7/17)

781 Wood Bins Braced by Disposable Inflatable Dunnage Bags and BIN-PAK™ or M-PAK® Lengthwise Void Fillers (4/18)

782 Plastic Intermediate Bulk Containers with Disposable Inflatable Dunnage Bags and Lengthwise Void Fillers – Schoeller Allibert (4/18)

791 DRUM-PAK® Dunnage for Open Head Drums in Cushioned Boxcars (7/18)

810 Reinforced Longitudinal Void Fillers for Plastic, Metal or Wood Intermediate Bulk Containers with Tomato Products (4/19)

811 Plastic Intermediate Bulk Containers with Disposable Inflatable Dunnage Bags -- Horen® (6/19)

831 Metal Intermediate Bulk Containers with Disposable Inflatable Dunnage Bags and Lengthwise Void Fillers – Goodpack USA (3/20)

836 Wood Bin Containers for Shipping Liquid or Paste Products in Boxcars (5/20)

8

Minimum Loading Standards for Bagged and Baled Commodities in Closed Cars

07/2014

Pamphlet No. 3, Minimum Loading Standards for Bagged and Baled Commodities in Closed Cars (10/93)

G.I.S. Nos. 686, 690, 719, and 725

 

GIS Updates:

794 Peat Moss, Bagged or Baled, in Cushioned Boxcars (10/18)

814 Bales of Wood Pulp in Boxcars (6/19)

854 Doorway Protection for Baled Paper and Wood Pulp Products in Boxcars (10/20)

9

Minimum Loading Standards for Coiled Metal Products in Closed Cars

08/2014

Pamphlet No. 23, Minimum Standards for Loading Steel Products in Closed Cars, Trailers or Containers (4/95)

G.I.S. Nos. 572, 589, 628, 635, 643, 653, 684, 685, 688, 717, 718, and 726

 

GIS Updates:

786 Aluminum Coils on Platforms/Skids Loaded on Rubber Mats & Secured by Floor Anchored Straps & Supplemental Securement Straps (7/18)

795 Metal Coils on Platforms/Skids in Boxcars (10/18)

803 Stretch Film Roping of Steel Coils and Coil Loading Methods for Railroad Shipments (12/18)

10

Minimum Loading Standards for Primary Metal Products in Closed Cars

10/2014

Pamphlet No. 37, Minimum Standards for the Safe Loading of Ingots, Pigs, Anodes, Rods and Similar High Density Metallic Commodities in Closed Cars (11/84)

G.I.S. Nos. 633, 651, 670, 673, and 694

 

GIS Updates:

759 Revision to Paragraph 2.5,Distribution of Weight Crosswise in Cars (2/17)

825 Loading Bundled Ingots with Open Doorways (10/19)

General Information Bulletins

GIB No. 1—Handling and Shipping Fresh Fruits and Vegetables by Rail (5/76)

GIB No. 2—Rules and Procedures for Testing of New Loading and Bracing Methods or Materials (10/19)

GIB No. 3—Instructions for Applying Polyethylene Sheets as Weather Protection in Boxcars (11/91)

GIB No. 4—Weather Protection for Open Top Wallboard Shipments (5/93)

GIB No. 5—Overloaded or Unbalanced Hopper Cars Are Unsafe (8/93)

GIB No. 6—Measurement Requirements for Remote Ride Quality Monitoring (11/96)

GIB No. 7—Evaluating and Loading Auto Part Racks in Railcars for Transportation via the North American Rail System (2/99)

GIB No. 9—Product Performance Profile for Pneumatic Dunnage (2/20)
                FAQ’s – GIB 9 (2/20)

Pamphlet No. 41, Dictionary of Standard Terms (7/82)

Archived Closed Car Loading Publications

Publications that have been archived are available on request - contact dpls@aar.com.