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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Hopper types: aggregate | coal | wood chip

Hoppers are available in four sizes: small cube | medium cube | jumbo | pressure differential

For more information

Boxcars:

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

Manager: Brian Sandberg
Phone: 404-658-2342
Email: Brian.Sandberg@nscorp.com

Gondolas, Coils, and Flat Cars:

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

Manager: Melissa Fennell
Phone: 404-658-2961
Email: Melissa.Fennell@nscorp.com

Hoppers - open and covered:

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

Assistant Manager: Jennifer Seay
Phone: 404-658-2339
Email: Jennifer.Seay@nscorp.com