Damage Prevention before Loading Roll Paper

Railcar Preparation

Our cargo securement products help prevent damage to the goods in your load during transit, but did you know there are steps that should be taken even before you start loading a railcar? Upon receiving a railcar, many people simply open the door, sweep out any debris, and start loading in their product. However, upon receiving a railcar, a thorough examination of the exterior and interior of the car should be completed. After ensuring the car doors are in working condition, the railcar should be inspected for water leaks, holes, large protrusions, bowing sidewalls, or excessive rust indicating a leak. If there are rough surfaces, or small protrusions in the railcar, they can be covered with something such as fiberboard, as suggested in section two of the AAR’s publication Best Practices for Loading Roll Paper, to ensure they won’t cause damage to your product. If a sidewall is slightly bowed, fill the bowed area with the proper cargo securement equipment described in section two of the AAR’s publication Best Practices for Loading Roll Paper, so it’s flush again before loading your product. If you need to use any wall anchors in the railcar, make sure they are fully intact before loading product. By taking the time to do an inspection of the railcar before loading, you can prevent your product from being damaged by water leaks or ripped by sharp objects in the railcar. It is the shipper’s responsibility to reject the railcar and inform the railcar provider of any damage in the railcar. Once the damage is brought to the railcar company’s attention, they can determine if the car needs repairs or needs to be replaced.  Reporting damaged railcars will help remove them from the tracks until they are restored, preventing further product damage. Implementing a railcar inspection procedure and using cargo securement products when shipping via rail can help ensure your products get delivered safely to their destination.

For more information about what should be included in your railcar inspection procedure or load consultation services, contact our knowledgeable sales team toll-free at 1-866-858-8800.


Edited by: Stephanie Irvine