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Closed Car/Trailer/Container Freight Loading Methods


Through established test procedures, the Damage Prevention & Loading Services group develops successful loading methods and evaluates new materials to prevent freight damage and ensure safe movement. The test program focuses on evaluation of boxcar, intermodal, and open top loading methods and associated bracing materials and products. The DP&LS group also provides an engineering resource function for railroads, shippers, and suppliers.

 


DP&LS publications are available here for free download.  Print copies may be purchased online at www.aarpublications.com.

Circular 42-K  General Rules Covering 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

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

French Version


08/2016

Best Practices for Loading of Roll Paper in Railcars / Pamphlet No. 39, Supplemental Loading Standards for Roll Paper/Pulpboard in Closed Cars (5/11)

G.I.S. Nos. 672, 679, 681, 689, 722, 727, 728, 730, 732, 733, 735, 738, 739, 741,742, 746, 747, 748, 749 and Pamphlet No. 39

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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)

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

General Information Series

744 Double Layer Load Secured with Cordstrap® Barriers in a 20-ft Container (ILG Method I-4) (7/15)
745 Nonhazardous Loads Secured with Cordstrap® Barriers in 40-ft Containers (ILG Method I-5) (2/16)
749 50 in. Diameter Roll Paperboard in 50 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with Horizontal Airbags (8/16)
750 Double Layer Loads of 55 Gallon Closed Head Steel Drums Secured with Cordstrap® Barriers in a 20-ft Container (Intermodal Loading Guide Method I-4HM)(8/16)

752 Large Diameter Paper Rolls in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with Single Plug Doors and Anchored Straps (10/16)

753 60 in. Diameter Roll Paperboard in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with Doorway Stacks on Risers (10/16)

754 Wood Bins Braced by Disposable Inflatable Dunnage Bags and Lengthwise Void Fillers (10/16)
755 55-Gallon Steel Drums on Pallets Secured with Cordstrap® Barriers in 40-ft ISO Containers (11/16)

756 Non-metallic Strap Substitution for Steel Strap as Doorway Protection in Boxcars (Cancels GIS 751 )(1/17)

757 46 in. to 57 in. Diameter Roll Paper on End Using Rubber Mats (2/17)

758 58 in. Diameter Roll Pulpboard in Boxcars with an Incomplete Second Layer Loaded on End (2/17)

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

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

761 37 in. Diameter Plastic Stretch Wrapped Kraft Rolls Loaded in a Single Layer in 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars Using Rubber Mats and Lengthwise Filler Panels (3/17)

763 Roll Paperboard in Boxcars with Doorway Stacks on Risers and Rubber Mats (6/17)


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

GIB No. 2—Rules & Test Procedures for Testing New Loading/Bracing Methods or Materials (02/2014)

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.8—Practical Guidelines for Stretch Film Roping of Steel Coils Shipped Eye Vertical in Boxcar and Intermodal Shipments (4/03)

GIB No.9—Product Performance Profile for Pneumatic Dunnage (1/14)

 

Archived Closed Car Loading Pamphlets
The following pamphlets have been archived but are available on request.  Contact dpls@aar.com.

Pamphlet No.
1              Freight Forwarder (2/80)
4              Barrels, Drums or Kegs (11/65), Includes Special Supplement (6/74)
15           Furniture (7/79)
21           Machinery (5/95)
25           Flat Paper Stock (4/93)
29           Household Appliance (10/79)
42           Glass, Flat (6/94)

Intermodal Loading Publications
Intermodal Loading Guide for Products in Closed Trailers and Containers, including Circular 43-F, Pamphlet No. 45 and BOE Pamphlet No. 6C, Issued January 2016



Archived Intermodal Loading Publications
The following guides have been archived but are available on request.  Contact dpls@aar.com.
Intermodal Loading Guide for Paper Products in Closed Trailers and Containers
LTL Guide