Engineered Excellence

Our Engineering Services Team provides a distinct and uncommon in-house advantage for all of our rail and over-dimensional and heavy haul customers. When your loads require specialized equipment, expert regulation compliance, custom securements, or the perfect laydown site, our team of mechanical, industrial, and civil engineers are experts in assuring your asset and location needs are anticipated and modified to specifications.

Engineering Services

BNSFL Engineering Services - railcar modifications and securements, site selection civil engineering, railcar clearance
Primary Engineering Design Services
  • Railcar Design
  • Railcar Inspections
    • Load securement dimensional inspections for final clearance approval
    • Railcar repairs
    • AAR Rule 88:  increased gross rail load, extended service life or increased life status used for submittal reports
  • AAR Reports
  • Open Top Load Engineering Support (High/Wide)
    • Rail clearance drawings
    • Rail securement design
  • Load Impact recording and reports on g-forces, vibration, and GPS location of shipments

For heavy, over-dimensional cargo, we provide load configurations on pre-clearance drawings and securement designs per AAR Open Top Loading Rules.  Shipments can be equipped with a GPS to track the location and/or impact recorders to provide data of in-transit activity. 

For wind turbine blades straddling multiple cars, we have patented transport fixtures and continuously develop new solutions.  Complete new car designs are created for both freight and tank cars.  This work includes Finite Element Analysis and fatigue analysis, plus AAR and FRA approval package submittals.  Design modification drawings for existing cars are also produced.