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Panel Products

There are no construction materials more significant than the wood and panel products necessary to build our homes and businesses. Because of this, we offer dedicated service and trusted assurance that we can get your product where it needs to be in top condition. Let us help you ship your plywood, OSB, particleboard or MDF, and gypsum wallboard efficiently and effectively.

We provide excellent geographic coverage with destinations in major metropolitan areas all across North America from Texas to Canada. Plus, we interchange with all Class I railroads.

Whether you’re shipping one carload or several, we offer consistent, reliable and cost-effective service. Through our service, you can access the most efficient rail network in North America directly to/from your facility.

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Use our Get a Freight Rate tool  to obtain a price for shipping panel products.

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Key STCCs (Standard Transportation Commodity Codes)

Key STCCs for panel products (but not limited to):

STCC Description STCC Description
24321 Plywood 24991 OSB
24996 Particleboard/MDF 32754 Gypsum wallboard

BNSF provides superior customer service and support through our dedicated team of shipping experts and our well-maintained fleet that meets the weight and size needs of the industry. With access to most major panel products production and consumption areas in the Western United States and joint-line access to Eastern Markets, we have the flexibility to get your goods where they need to go.

  • Review transit times for panel products shipped using our single car services.
  • BNSF provides service for panel products only on designated routes. Find out where BNSF ships.
  • Check to see if BNSF serves your destination using our switching guides.
  • Special exceptions exist for freight moving interline. Use our routing guides for moving freight to the CSX, Canadian Pacific, and Canadian National railroads.
  • Customers desiring to ship in unit train service must comply with the Unit Train Operating Guidelines. Please note, in order to take advantage of our Unit Train service, you must own or lease your equipment.

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Specifications Table Diagram (50 ft) Diagram (60 ft)
Inside Length 50 ft 60 ft
Inside Height 13 ft 13 ft
Inside Width 9.6 ft 9.6 ft
Door Type Plug Sliding and plug
Door Width 10.6 ft to 16 ft 10.6 ft to 16 ft
Lading Capacity 185,000 to 215,000 lbs 201,000 to 209,000 lbs
Cubic Foot Capacity 6,100 to 6,250 7,500
Plate F F, G

** All materials are provided for informational purposes only; BNSF makes no warranty regarding accuracy and shall not be liable for any errors and/or omissions. Materials are subject to change at any time without notice or publication. Please consult with the Equipment Department for the most up to date and accurate data.

Centerbeam

Centerbeam Flatcar
Specifications Table Diagram (60 ft) Diagram (73 ft)
Inside Length 60 ft 73 ft
Lading Capacity 198,000 to 200,000 lbs 195,000 to 225,000 lbs
Floor Type Risers Risers/Riserless

** All materials are provided for informational purposes only; BNSF makes no warranty regarding accuracy and shall not be liable for any errors and/or omissions. Materials are subject to change at any time without notice or publication. Please consult with the Equipment Department for the most up to date and accurate data.

Bulkhead Flatcar

Some of the commodities transported include structural steel, pipe, steel plate, and some lumber products.

Bulkhead Flatcar
Specifications Table Diagram (56ft) Diagram (60ft) Diagram (62ft) Diagram (66ft) Diagram (70ft)
Inside Length 56.8 ft 60.8 ft 62 ft 66 ft 70 ft
Inside Width 9.3 ft to 10.5 ft 8.2 ft to 10.6 ft 9.3 ft to 10.6 ft 10 ft 8.8 ft
Lading Capacity 143,500 to 196,000 lbs 178,500 to 186,000 lbs 163,400 to 205,100 lbs 183,500 to 188,600 lbs 173,800 to 181,200 lbs

** All materials are provided for informational purposes only; BNSF makes no warranty regarding accuracy and shall not be liable for any errors and/or omissions. Materials are subject to change at any time without notice or publication. Please consult with the Equipment Department for the most up to date and accurate data.

Private Equipment Guidelines

The following section contains guidelines and information for the use of privately marked equipment where BNSF is the origination line-haul carrier.

  1. Private rail equipment must meet the Association of American Railroads' Circular OT-5 for Rules Governing the Assignment of Reporting Marks and Mechanical Designations. Privately marked equipment must also be registered via the OT-57 process that is administered by Railinc. For more information, please visit Railinc's Loading Authority (OT-57) web site.
  2. Private equipment controlling entities are required to manage the flow (pipeline) of empty equipment moving to BNSF origin line haul locations or connecting carrier serving locations to preserve network fluidity.
  3. BNSF may require private equipment controlling entities to move equipment off-line at their expense to preserve network fluidity.
  4. Private equipment is subject to charges for equipment held for loading and unloading, and also equipment held for purposes other than loading or unloading.
  5. BNSF Mechanical requirements for Private Equipment.
SAFETY IS BNSF'S MAIN PRIORITY

The following is not all inclusive however equipment must comply with all of the following key Mechanical Requirements:

  1. All interchange freight car owners must subscribe to the AAR Interchange Rules and be listed in FindUs.Rail.
  2. Cars must comply with and be maintained, by the owner, per the AAR Office and Field Manual Rules.
  3. All AAR Field Manual Rules (Sections A.1 and A.2 defects along with any component obsolete or prohibited in interchange) must be complied with and equipment must be repaired or replaced prior to placement of the cars on BNSF.
  4. All cars must have yellow FRA 224 compliant reflectorization with the application date registered in Umler (no grandfathered material allowed).
  5. Angle cocks located below the coupler as shown in AAR Field Manual Rule 5 Figure 14 are prohibited.
  6. Greater than 268,000 Pound Gross Rail Load Freight Cars of any car type must meet one of the following criteria:
    1. Cars are approved by the AAR per Specification S-286 or
    2. Cars are approved by the AAR per Specification S-259 and the following is met: Cars must be equipped with constant contact side bearings, preferably long travel.
    3. Cars must be registered with the proper Star Code.
  1. 286,000 Pound Gross Rail Load Freight Cars of any car type less than 44 feet 11 inches in overall length must have route specifically approved by BNSF due to bridge loading concerns. The following link can assist in route selections: Rail Network Maps.
  2. Flat Cars of any type and capacity must be equipped with constant contact side bearings. Long travel constant contact side bearings are preferred.
  3. Covered Hoppers must have outlet gates that seal completely. The sealing member must be maintained in good condition and not allow product to bypass the gaskets/seals and leak onto the ground. All gates must be of a positive lock design with security seal capability.
  4. Cars equipped with one or more rotary couplers must be equipped with anti-gravity locks on both ends.
  5. All Cars must meet AAR and FRA Safety Appliance Standards.
  6. Gondolas and bulkhead flat cars must be equipped with crossover platform and associated safety appliances on both ends.
  7. Bottom dump coal hopper cars equipped with door line air hose must have this hose in the "low" configuration as to not block the crossover platform.
  8. Tank cars must be equipped with a Group R "weather resistant" slack adjuster.

Foreign Marked Equipment Guidelines

Foreign marked equipment is defined as equipment having reporting marks of a non-BNSF controlled railroad or equipment that contains non-private marks. Private marks are defined as equipment initials ending with an X, with the exception of TTX owned/controlled equipment.

  • Request for assignment of foreign marked equipment should be in accordance of Car Service Rule 16. Requests should be made to your BNSF representative.
  • BNSF reserves the right not to use foreign marked equipment when BNSF controlled equipment is available. If no agreement exist with customers/controlling entities to utilize foreign marked cars, BNSF may refuse to place non-BNSF marked equipment for loading and may return them to the railroad whose marks are stenciled on the cars.
  • Prior to securing foreign marked equipment to be loaded at a location where BNSF is the origin line haul carrier, customers/controlling entities must discuss equipment options with their BNSF Sales representative.

Loading Origin Guarantees

Shippers have the ability to guarantee equipment supply through BNSF's Loading Origins Guarantee (LOGs) program. See more information on the LOGs program.

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Begin shipping with BNSF quickly and easily. We will need the following information to get you started with BNSF:

  • Commodities you will be shipping. Please use our STCC/Commodity Lookup tool for exact commodity information.
  • Origin and destination for your shipment.
  • Amount you will be shipping.
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