With a slight decrease in rail traffic from last week to this week, railcar storage has taken a higher priority at PFL. Grouping storage by commodity, the most common cars we have stored are general purpose tankers, followed by covered hoppers and coal cars, however, the markets focus the last couple of weeks has been on loaded rail car storage for LPG’s, mainly propane, as the market gears up for winter. PFL is hard at work creating new storage opportunities throughout the country. We have new lines opening up in the Northwest; lines in the Midwest are tightening up. In the Northeast we are seeing cars moving in and out of storage. We believe pressure car lease rates are peaking. While ample cars are available to serve the market it is a matter of coaxing some cars out of storage for new service, in other cases waiting for shops to do their work on lease returns coupled with the concern as to exactly when the Mariner East pipeline is coming on line, are having people hold available cars just in case is taking hold on the market. This triple play has benefited lessors with rates rising sharply this past week on pressure cars. Our advice – If you have cars to lease, lock them in today with PFL. This price cycle may not last; in fact, it will change on a moment’s notice – it is just a matter of when. If you are looking to lease cars and the economics work it is better to be safe than sorry. One can never predict a peak and there is no point in chasing the market higher.

If you currently have tank crude cars or residue pressure cars in storage, PFL has the capabilities to clean and maintain those cars. Cleaning these cars is a necessity for returns on lease and storage rate renegotiation. Proactive maintenance now will prevent headaches down the road. PFL works with both short lines and fleet operators to manage railcar services. If you have cars you are looking to store and clean, PFL can and will provide premium service and a quick turnaround.

Please take note of the available railcar storage. Call PFL today for live up to minute pricing and availability.

PFL expanded our easyTRADE platform to be the one stop shop for finding and securing railcar storage.

Contact PFL for all your railcar needs.

PFL would like to remind all fleet managers that storing cars with petroleum residue over the long term will slowly destroy the cars. Corrosive commodities left inside a car will destroy the interior of the car. For those who currently have cars in storage, it is important to note that leasing companies  will not accept cars that have corrosion damage. Very Expensive blasting is required to make a car suitable for return or new service and effectively doubles the cost of cleaning a fleet compared to getting the job done before they are stored months at a time. If you are looking to store cars with remaining residue, or have dirty cars already in storage we can arrange for these cars to be cleaned in a cost effective manner.


Phone: 239-390-2885

Canada: (US Dollar Prices) $4.00-$20.00


Lethbridge---100 spots CP Served Haz loaded LPG


Selkerk---100 spots CP Served Haz loaded LPG

Netley---40 spots CP Served Haz loaded LPG

Beausejour---60 spots CP Served Haz loaded LPG

Nova Scotia

Stellarton---100 spots-CN served>


Sarnia---500 spots CN / CSX HazMat loaded LPG

North Bay---350 spots-CP/ONTC served

Sault Ste. Marie---70 spots-CN/CP served

Hamilton---100 spots-CN/CP served


Charny --- 50 spots CN served

Richmond---147 spots-CN Served

Boisbriand---205 spots-CP served

Western: $3.00-$10.00/day +$150-$350 switch

CA---100 spots---BNSF/UP served

AZ---1100 BNSF Haz loaded LPG

CO---2500 spots---BNSF/UP served (HazMat available here)

ID---150 spots---BNSF served (HazMat available here)

MT---140 spots---BNSF/UP served

NM---200 spots---BNSF served (HazMat available here)

OR---700 spots---UP served (HazMat available here)

WA---200 spots---BNSF served (HazMat available here)

WY---500 spots---BNSF/UP served

Northeastern: $2.00-$8.00/day +$100-$275 switch

MA---600 spots---CSX served (HazMat residue available here)

ME---250 spots---CN-CP-NS served (HazMat available here)

NH---35 spots---CSX served

NJ---175 spots---CSX/NS served (HazMat available here)

NY---3800 spots---CSX/NS/CP (HazMat available here)

PA---1900 spots---NS served (HazMat loaded LPG available here

Midwest: $3.25-$20.00/day +$124-$500 switch

MN---800 spots ---BNSF / CN served HazMat Loaded LPG

IA---400 spots---BNSF/UP served

KS---50 spots---BNSF served

IL---350 spots---UP/CP/CN/CSX served (HazMat residue available here)

IN---200 spots---BNSF/UP/CSX/CN/CP/NS served (HazMat available here)

MN---900---BNSF/CN/CP served (HazMat available here)

MT---140 spots---UP/BN Served

NE---900 spots---BNSF/UP served (HazMat Available here)

OH---490 spots---CSX/NS served (HazMat available here)

South: $2.00-$30.00/day +$125-$500 switch

MS---350 spots---BNSF/CN served (HazMat available here)

MO---275 spots---BNSF/KCS served

NC---100 spots---CSX/NS served (HazMat available here)

TN---1500 spots---CN served (HazMat available here)

TX--2000 spots---UP/BN served (HazMat available here)

VA---150 spots----NS served (HazMat available here)

LA---650 spots---KCS served (Hazmat residue available here)


Phone: 239-390-2885


PFL is pleased to announce a new version of its trading platform easyTrade. This new version features a brand new Railcar Workspace. Access to the whiteboard is FREE of charge. In the Workspace, you can view the cars available for lease/purchase and cars wanted to lease/purchase. Buyers and Sellers will meet at easyTrade, disseminating your market pricing to hundreds of companies instantaneously.




1865 Veterans Park Dr. Suite 303
Naples, Florida, 34109
Phone: 239-390-2885
Fax: 239-949-0611