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      Refined Products

      In addition to moving crude oil, we can move refined products to wherever they need to go. Gasoline, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas are among the refined products we can move for you safely and securely.

      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 Carload Shipping Advisor tool  to obtain a price for shipping refined products.
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      Key STCCs (Standard Transportation Commodity Codes)

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

      STCC Description
      2991314 Green coke
      2991315 Calcined coke
      2814xxx, 2818xxx, 29119xx Alcohols/solvents
      29116xx Asphalt
      2911950 Carbon black
      2911315, 2911331 Diesel fuel
      1321110 Natural gasoline

      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 petroleum 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 petroleum products shipped using our single car services.
      • BNSF provides service for petroleum 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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      Tank Cars

      Tank Car

      Customers shipping commodities via rail that require movement in a tank car are able to supply and load their own tank cars for movement by BNSF. BNSF does not supply customers with tank cars for shipping. For more information on tank car specifications and regulations, please refer to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s website.


      Open Top Hopper

      Open Top Hopper
      Specifications Table Diagram
      Cubic Capacity 3420 to 4000
      GWR 263,000 lbs to 286,000 lbs
      Outlet Gates Bottom Dump Gravity
      Commodities Coke, Metallurgical coal, Clay, Slag, Pumice, Crushed stone, Taconite

      ** 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.

      Covered Hopper

      Covered Hopper
      Specifications Table Diagram (Jumbo) Diagram (Large) Diagram (Small)
      Cubic Capacity 5161 to 5188 4427 to 4750 2700 to 3426
      GWR 286,000 lbs 263,000 lbs 263,000 to 286,000 lbs
      Hatch Type Trough, Combination Trough, Circular Trough, Circular
      Outlet Gates Gravity, Pneumatic Gravity, Pneumatic Gravity
      Commodities Grain, Sugar, Malt Grain, Sugar, Malt, Fertilizers, Potash, Sand, Clay, Alumina, Coke, Lime Sand, Perlite, Roofing Granules

      ** 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 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.

      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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      • 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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