To remain competitive in today’s market place it is incumbent upon the shipper, carrier, and receiver to make sure that products are handled safely and without damage. During the transportation cycle, each party must understand that there are characteristics unique to the environment of the other parties in the cycle.
The shipper has unique problems associated with space, cost, efficiency, and operating methods that are unique to that location. Likewise, the rail carrier has similar constraints. To this is added the natural occurring environment in which the rail carrier must operate. Last but not least, the receiver has to live with various time constraints and operating parameters.
We have created a publication containing best practices methodology for use in shipping roll paper. The load patterns and specifications herein were subjected to testing in the field or through simulation testing at the AAR’s Transportation Technology Center. The methods illustrated are provided to give the shipper, carrier and receiver answers to the age old question as to what is the best way to ship roll paper.