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Well Cars

Well cars are specially designed to move containers used in intermodal freight transport. The well is a depressed section that sits close to the rails between the trucks of the car, allowing a container to be carried lower than on a traditional flat car and enabling a stack of two containers per unit. Wells come in lengths of 40, 48 and 53 feet and are often constructed with multiple units of three or five wells joined by articulated connectors.  Advantages of using well cars include lower tare weights and higher payload, ability to stack containers and increased stability due to the lower center of gravity.



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

  • What container length works best: 20-, 40-, 45-, 48- or 53- feet?
  • How many platforms are required: three, five or stand-alone?
  • Is double-stack capability needed?