Freight Package Weights

These weights were commonly used, but I have seen published lists with some weights 2,3 or 5 pounds different for Bushel sizes.
Item Package Pounds
Apples, Dried Bushel 24
Ambulance Each 3 per car
Barley Bushel 48
Beans Bushel 60
Beef Barrel 333
Blankets Bale 150
Bran Bushel 20
Buckwheat Bushel 52
Cartridges Box 110
Coal Barrel 200
Coal Bushel 32 (70?)
Coal Bushel 200 to 350 per car
Coal Barrel 185
Coal, Stone Bushel 80
Coffee Sack/Bag 16
  Bag 150
Copper Ingot 30 or 55
Corn Sack 106
Corn was shipped at 150 bushels per car load
Corn, ears Bushel 70
Corn, on shuck Bushel 72
Corn, shelled Bushel 56
Sack (2 1/2 bu) 140
Cornmeal Bushel 50
Barrel 200
Cotton Bale 400 - 500 (average appears to have been about 440)
One railroad reported being able to carry 20-25 bales in box cars and 35 on flats
Fish, salted Barrel 200
Flax seed Bushel 58
Flour Barrel 196
Flour Sack 90
Fodder One report says that 28 bales was a car load
Bale 250 - 400
Gun powder Barrel 110
Hay Bale 240 - 400
One report says that 45 bales was a car load
Hemp seed Bushel 58
Hide Each 24
Horses Each 12 - 13 per car
Lard Keg 100
Lead Bar 10
Leather Bundle 120
Lime Barrel 76 per car
Lime, Unsacked Bushel 80
Lumber One report: 4,000 feet 1" boards per car
Molasses Barrel 1000 (40 gallons)
Mules Each 18 - 20 per car
Nails Keg 100
Onions Bushel 57
Peaches, Dried Bushel 38
Peas Bushel 60
Pork Barrel 300
Potatoes Barrel 130
Oats Bushel 32
Rice Tierce 715
Rye Bushel 56
Salt Barrel 500
Salt Bushel 50
Salt Sack 50 or 100 or 135 or 200
Straw Bale 200
Sugar Hogshead 1100 or 1250
Sugar Barrel 200
Sweet Potatoes Bushel 60
Tobacco Box 100
Tobacco Hogshead 1,500
Turnips Bushel 55
Wagon Each 2 per car
Wheat Bushel 60 (130 per car)
Wood Cord 4 - 6 per car
Wool Bale 450
A box 24 by 16 inches, 22 deep, contains 1 barrel
" 16 by 16.5 " 8 " " 1 bushel
" 8 by 8.4 " 8 " " 1 peck
" 7 by 4 " 4.8 " " 1/2 gallon
" 4 by 4 " 2.4 " " 1 quart

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