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      Coal

      We help keep the lights on! BNSF is a critical component in coal delivery for electricity generation, industrial use and export. We offer efficient, reliable delivery through proven routes with broad access to western U.S. coal production. BNSF is a vital link to low-cost Powder River Basin (PRB) coal.

      Area Name Contact
      New customers, rates Connect with BNSF Tel: 817 867-6337
      Shipment questions Coal Desk 1-888-428-2673
      Utility Coal
      Name Contact
      Tel: 817 867-6239
      Tel: 817 867-6248
      Tel: 817 867-6244
      Tel: 817 867-6247
      Industrial Coal
      Name Contact
      Tel: 817 867-6337

      Tariff Prices

      Rules Books and Accessorial Charges

      Fuel Surcharge

      A fuel surcharge is applicable on all BNSF coal shipments:

      Contacts

      Area Name Contact
      Coal opportunities Tel: 817 867-6337

      Rotary Aluminum Gondola

      Rotary Aluminum Gondola

      All specifications are approximate and may vary between car builders and car owner specifications.

      Specifications Table Diagram
      Coupled Length 53.1 ft
      Net Carrying Capacity 121 tons
      Gross Weight on Rail 143 tons
      Door Actuation N/A

      Aluminum Bottom Discharge

      Aluminum Bottom Discharge

      All specifications are approximate and may vary between car builders and car owner specifications.

      Specifications Table Diagram
      Coupled Length** 53.1 ft
      Net Carrying Capacity 117 tons
      Gross Weight on Rail 143 tons
      Door Actuation Remote Air Activated Release

      ** Required length for rotary gondolas but only required for bottom discharge equipment if equipped with rotary couplers.

      Steel Manual Hopper

      Steel Manual

      All specifications are approximate and may vary between car builders and car owner specifications.

      Specifications Table Diagram
      Coupled Length** 53.1 ft
      Net Carrying Capacity* 102 tons
      Gross Weight on Rail* 131.5 tons
      Door Actuation Manual Door Release

      * Majority of steel equipment in coal service is restricted to 131.5 gross weight on rail. Some recently built equipment is capable of 143 tons.

      ** Required length for rotary gondolas but only required for bottom discharge equipment if equipped with rotary couplers.

      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 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.

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      Coal Mine Guide

      This map provides detailed information on the mines that BNSF serves.

      Coal Network Map

      This printable map provides an overall view of the BNSF network serving the coal industry - including coal deposits, mines, power plants and terminals.

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