Load Engineering and Design Services (LEADS)

CSX moves all types of freight and equipment safely and efficiently. Whether you're shipping paper, food products or heavy-duty machinery, you can be assured that your cargo is safe and secure with CSX.

Our Load Engineering and Design specialists will help you design loading patterns to protect your product from potential damage while getting the most out of your rail car capacity. When preparing to ship with CSX, contact LEADS to ensure that your product will be loaded safely and efficiently.


Safety Bulletin: Scrap Mill Roll Loading (DOC) 

Opening and Closing Box Car Doors
CSX works hard to provide cars to customers that are in good working order. You can help! Watch this short video to learn how to prevent damage to box cars by properly opening and closing doors without forklifts or boom trucks. Watch video (WMV)


Closed Car Info/Circular 42-K General Rules - Loading Carload Shipments in Closed Cars (PDF) 

Proper Balancing of Hopper Cars (PDF) 

Pamphlet 1 – Handling, Stowing & Bracing Merchandise in Closed Cars, Trailers & Containers (PDF) 


Aug. 2008: AAR Loading Rules for Scrap Metals (PDF)

Figure 87, Section 2 (PDF)

AAR Loading Rules for Packaged Lumber Products (PDF)

Compression band application for Figure 54 (PDF)

Compression block on car for Figure 54 (PDF)

Safety Message for CSX Log Customers: CSXT and the rail industry have experienced serious load failures involving cypress short wood loaded on slope deck pulpwood rail cars. For this reason, CSXT will not accept for rail transportation cypress wood loaded on these types of cars. The Association of American Railroads Open Top Loading Rules Committee has not approved cypress loading according to figure 11-C of section 5 of the Open Top Loading Rules manual.

All exterior logs on top, bottom, and sides of load must extend a minimum of 2 feet beyond inside edge of side stakes. Exterior side logs must not be loaded above side stakes. Logs may be pyramided from the outside toward the center of the load and crowned no more than 8 inches above the top of the side stake. Exterior logs must contact at least 2 side stakes, crossmembers, and/or bearing pieces.


Loading Methods

For the safety of your employees and the protection of your product, CSX strongly encourages you to use the most current AAR-tested and approved loading, blocking and bracing methods.

Load Adjustment and Transfer Assistance

To ensure safety compliance inside CSX facilities and/or the protection of your product, the link below contains contractors who are insured and safety certified for operating on CSX property. These contractors are able to assist with load adjustments, transfers and reductions.

CSX Approved Contractor List (Excel) 

Load Engineering and Design Services Contact Map (PDF) 


Contact Us

For loading design assistance, contact:

  • Automobile and automobile parts, Kevin Conlon, 904-279-6350.
  • Open top loads, metals and lumber, Mitch McDonald, 615-371-6319.
  • Closed cars, Kelsey Even, 704-547-5525.
  • For intermodal shipments, Michael Wiggins, 863-534-2315.


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