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)


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


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) 


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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