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Norfolk Southern offers five types of cars for shipment of commodities.

Boxcars (other than automotive)

boxcar

Boxcars offer enclosed transport for major commodities such as paper, lumber, rubber, general merchandise, clay, beverages, canned goods, and plywood. They feature plug doors, which open with a hand crank, or sliding doors, which may require opening with a forklift.

Boxcar types: 50 ft | 60 ft | 50 ft high-cube | 60 ft high-cube

Boxcar management (other than automotive): 404-658-2342

Coil Cars

coil-car

Coil cars are gondola freight cars with a lading trough, cradle, or lading anchors and can be covered or uncovered to transport rolled coiled steel or rolled coiled aluminum.

Coal car types: open coil cars | covered coil cars | cross-trough coil cars

Covered coil car management: 404-658-3152
Open coil car management: 404-658-3151

Flat Cars

flat-car

Flat cars feature a flat floor or deck lid on the underframe and have no sides or roof. They transport commodities requiring no protection from the weather.

Flat car types: centerbeam | bulkhead | specialized bulkhead | heavy duty/depressed center | general

Flat car management: 404-658-2012

Gondolas

gondola

Gondolas have low sides and ends with a solid floor and no roof and transport materials such as iron, steel, and coal that require no protection from the weather. Some gondolas feature higher sides for light commodities or are made of aluminum for coal service.

Gondola types: 52 ft | 65 ft | C & D Waste | wood chip | coal

Gondola car management:

  • Mill gons (North): 404-658-3157
  • Mill gons (South): 404-658-3164
  • Construction & debris waste: 404-658-3565
  • Wood chip: 404-658-3565
  • Coal gons

Hoppers

hopper

Open-top hoppers handle bulk commodities such as aggregate, coal, or wood chips and feature floor sheets that slope from the car sides and ends to form a series of hoppers that when opened discharge lading by gravity. Covered hoppers have a permanent roof for transporting cement, grain, and other bulk commodities requiring protection from weather.

Open Top: aggregate | coal | wood chip

Covered: small cube | medium cube | jumbo | pressure differential

Hopper car management:

  • Covered hoppers – Grain: 404-658-2343
  • Covered Hoppers – Nongrain: 404-658-2295
  • Aggregates and wood chips: 404-658-3565
  • Coal hoppers

For more information

Boxcars:

Manager: Jeff Roton
Phone: 404-658-2216
Email: Jeff.Roton@nscorp.com

Assistant Manager: Travis Grindstaff
Phone: 404-658-2342
Email: Travis.Grindstaff@nscorp.com

Gondolas and flat cars:

Manager: Trent Sommers
Phone: 404-658-2249
Email: Trent.Sommers@nscorp.com

Assistant Manager: David Williams
Phone: 404-658-5781
Email: David.Williams@nscorp.com

Hoppers - open and covered:

Manager: Mike Rimer
Phone: 404-658-2176
Email: Mike.Rimer@nscorp.com

Assistant Manager: Brian Sandberg
Phone: 404-658-2339
Email: Brian.Sandberg@nscorp.com