Covered Hopper Railcar

FreightCar America’s Covered Hoppers are available as Through Sill or Stub Sill, and in a variety of sizes and models
(3282, 4315, 5200, 5400, 5450, 5700, 5800, 6250 and 6500).

Covered hopper car bodies at FreightCar America are designed with versatility and durability in mind. Our manufacturing process allows for the construction of covered hoppers using all-steel materials or a combination of steel and stainless steel, ensuring they meet the highest standards of quality and performance.

Our railcars are highly adaptable, capable of hauling a wide range of commodities with ease. Whether it’s grain and lighter agricultural products, plastic pellets or more dense dry cargoes like sand, cement – and roofing granules, our cars are engineered to handle the job efficiently and reliably.

What sets our hoppers apart is their ability to be created from virtually any standard draft gear donor car. This flexibility means that customers can customize their fleet to meet specific needs while maintaining cost-effectiveness and operational efficiency.

At FreightCar America, we take pride in delivering superior transportation solutions that excel in performance, durability and versatility, helping our customers transport their goods safely and efficiently across the country.

Features & Specifications

These features of our Covered Hoppers can be configured to meet your specific requirements or preferences:

  • Size / capacity
  • Stainless option
  • Aluminum body
  • Brake system
  • Draft system
  • Exterior finish
  • Interior lining / paint
  • Modification available from coal or small cube car or similar

Why FreightCar America

  • Our manufacturing process of covered hoppers uses all-steel materials or a combination of steel and stainless steel.
  • Our flexibility means that customers can customize their fleet to meet specific needs while maintaining cost-effectiveness and operational efficiency.
  • We take pride in delivering superior transportation solutions that excel in performance, durability and versatility.

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Types of Covered Hoppers

The kind of products you are transporting will help determine the type of covered hoppers you need:

Small-Cube Covered Hopper Car (3280 cu-ft)

These high-capacity covered hoppers are perfectly suited for transporting dense, dry cargo efficiently and securely. With a capacity of 3280 cubic feet, these cars are designed to maximize payload while ensuring stability during transit. Their compact size makes them ideal for navigating tight spaces and accessing loading and unloading facilities with restricted clearances. Whether it’s transporting cement, sand or other heavy-duty materials, these small-cube covered hoppers deliver exceptional performance and reliability.


Curved Side Covered Hopper Car (5200 cu-ft)

Engineered specifically for grain transport, these covered hoppers boast a generous capacity of 5200 cubic feet. Their curved side design ensures optimal flow and distribution of grain during loading and unloading processes, minimizing the risk of product damage or contamination. These cars are equipped with advanced features to maintain grain quality and integrity throughout the journey, making them the preferred choice for grain producers and distributors seeking reliable transportation solutions.

Extra-Capacity Covered Hopper Car (5450 cu-ft)

Designed with a “short footprint” for enhanced versatility, these extra-capacity covered hoppers offer capacities ranging from 5400 to 5450 cubic feet. They are specially tailored to handle a variety of commodities, including grain and lighter agricultural products. Despite their compact size, these cars deliver impressive payload capacities, making them an efficient choice for bulk transportation needs. Their robust construction and advanced features ensure safe and reliable delivery of cargo, even in demanding operating conditions.

Large-Cube Covered Hopper Car (5700 cu-ft)

With a capacity of 5700 cubic feet, these covered hoppers are engineered to transport lighter-density grains, bulk granules and other agricultural products with ease. Their large cube design maximizes payload capacity while maintaining stability and balance during transit. These cars are equipped with state-of-the-art features to optimize loading and unloading processes, ensuring efficient handling of cargo from origin to destination. Whether it’s transporting soybeans, rice or other agricultural commodities, these large-cube covered hoppers deliver superior performance and reliability.

High-Cube Covered Hopper Car (5800 & 6250 cu-ft)

Boasting capacities of 5800 to 6250 cubic feet, these high-cube covered hoppers are specifically designed for transporting plastic pellets. Their high-capacity design maximizes payload efficiency, allowing for the transportation of large volumes of plastic pellets in a single trip. These cars are equipped with specialized features to ensure the safe and secure transport of plastic pellets, including advanced loading and unloading systems and enhanced stability controls. Whether it’s transporting raw materials to manufacturing facilities or distributing finished products to customers, these high-cube covered hoppers provide the reliability and performance needed for seamless supply chain operations.

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As part of our dedication to customer service, any of our railcar products may be further developed to meet the specific characteristics of the bulk or containerized freight being transported — as well as any other customized requirements or specifications required by our clients.

Our commitment to quality and customer service at FreightCar America begins with the first customer contact and extends through the life of the railcar. Our Customer Service Department is staffed by a highly qualified and experienced team with the resources to help with any of your service requirements.

For more information, call 800.458.2235 or contact an expert online.


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