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Global commerce in motion.

CAI is a different kind of transportation company - one that combines equipment, global shipping expertise, and a company-wide devotion to customer service and customer success.

Railcar Leasing
Flexibility, performance, expertise

CAI's diverse fleet of railcars is supported by capital and leasing experience that makes things happen. We have been in transportation leasing since 1989 and carry that experience to the rail market. We bring a unique combination of operating experience, financial performance, and industry knowledge to railcar leasing.

Our rail leasing services include: 

  • Buying and selling operating leases
  • Refinancing long- and short-term operating leases
  • Restructuring portfolios 


CAI Rail is a team of industry veterans with extensive experience in all aspects of rail operations and railcar leasing. Our team understands your needs and develops the best solution to get things done.

We are more than railcar leasing — CAI Rail is a true railcar operator. We have cars to handle virtually all commodities and industrial products shipped by rail. We own these assets and maintain them ourselves to ensure they meet customer needs in terms of capabilities and reliability.  

Railcar Equipment
A growing and diverse fleet

We have built a growing, and diverse fleet of railcars capable of handling freight for customers who need to access Class I and regional rail systems to ship grain and agricultural products, forest products, energy products, industrial products, chemicals, and food. Our fleet includes:

  • Covered Hopper Cars

    Designed to handle shipments of free flowing dry bulk commodities. Cars are loaded from the top and product is discharged from the bottom. Our fleet includes a variety of covered hoppers, including pressure differential covered hoppers, coal hoppers and plastic pellet hoppers.

  • Gondolas

    Designed to ship heavy bulk commodities that include scrap metal, aggregates, logs, lumber, etc.

  • Flat Cars and Bulkhead Flat Cars

    Designs come in a variety of lengths, tonnage and capacity for specialized commodities that are not subject to damage from the elements.

  • Boxcars

    Designed to transport bundled building supplies with a center partition to secure the products in place.

  • Tank Cars

    Used to ship compressed or liquid commodities.

Railcar Maintenance and Modification
Understanding our rail equipment

We are rail operators, not just rail lessors, and we know our assets inside and out. CAI Rail’s team includes people with the engineering and mechanical capabilities to service cars and keep our fleet operating at peak efficiency.

We are also experts in refurbishing and modifying rail equipment. With over 30 years of experience, our rail team, led by our Chief Mechanical Officer, has a unique skill set to to meet our customer's needs. 

Sample rail car modifications:

Exterior Before & After
Blue Railcar Before & After
Inside Railcar Before & After

Assets are vital in the transportation business, but so is experience. Our railcar team consists of industry veterans with backgrounds in operations, finance, engineering, and marketing.