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Pneumatic Covered Hopper Cars

Safe and economic transportation of plastic pellets requires precision equipment.

   GATX offers a variety of plastic pellet
   covered hopper railcars in capacities
   ranging from 5,000 to more than 6,400 cf
   and in gross weights between 263,000 to
   286,000 lb. A number of lining, hatch
   and gate configurations are available
   to suit your specific needs. Our railcars
handle all types of plastic pellets including polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).


Car Capacities:

5,000 - 5,500 cf

Generally, these GATX railcars are configured to offer a capacity of 5,250 cf with eight hatches and pneumatic gates, and carry heavier products such as terephthalic acid and solid urea.


5,500 - 6,000 cf

These larger railcars typically offer capacities from 5,700 to 6,000 cf, 10 hatches and pneumatic gates, and transport medium-weight commodities such as polyvinylchloride (PVC) and polystyrene (PS).

6,000 - 6,500 cf

The largest pneumatic covered hopper cars typically offer capacities from 6,200 to 6,400 cf, 10 hatches and pneumatic gates, and carry lightweight products such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE).


To select the right railcar for your needs, answer these questions:

  • What is the product weight and density?
  • What gross rail limit is preferred: 263,000 or 286,000 lb?
  • What lining and gate will work best for this product?
  • Is venting required?