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“Your new home on the rails.”
Red Oxx Rail King Railroad Grip Rucksack. Our largest, toughest bag.

Rail King Railroad Rucksack $325.00

Embroidered Monogram Patches:

  • One - Three Initials $7.50
  • Four - Ten Letters $10.00

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A Railroad Rucksack on Steroids. Ready to ride the rails.

The undisputed King of the Rails.

Our friends down at the train yard are thrilled we've done our final testing on the new Rail King Railroad Grip Rucksack and it's riding the rails. Bigger, badder and ready to go down the longest mile in style, for quite a while. Just like our popular Railroad Grip, it's hand-built in our factory in Billings, Montana. It comes with our famous no questions asked "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty. It uses the same tough Ballistic CORDURA® Nylon materials.

Back in 1992, local Rail Engineers helped design our original Railroad Grip. Seems since then, they're packing more personal stuff, taking longer trips like the "xtra board" and there was also a need for a grip bag that could carry winter gear along with the typical lamp, radio and GCOR rule book.

All this could be thought of as becoming pretty heavy for a Grip. Rather than convert a larger bag such as our Sherpa Jr. Outfitters Expedition Bag, the decision was made to spread the weight across your back evenly and keep the compartmentalized features railroaders like so much by creating an enlarged rucksack.

Upgraded durable Uni-Suede padded articulating shoulder straps for carry comfort cinch down with Mil-Spec A.L.I.C.E. hardware. Every stress point is double box stitched for peace of mind. Heavy-duty compression straps on bottom of the Rail King Rucksack stores your jacket, blanket or bedroll out of the way. Beware, the Rail King is our LARGEST Rucksack Backpack. Now you can ride the Red Oxx Hi-Ball on the roll by!

You buy it, we'll build it! We encourage you to place your order today to get your Rail King Rucksack on our factory production schedule. In other words, the King is not a stock inventory item. You must place your order to get your new rucksack on our production schedule. Your finished bag will then ship (under normal circumstances) in under 30 working days. During the holidays, it may ship within 45 working days. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.

Exterior Dimensions: 24"L x 12"W x 9"H (excludes pockets).
Capacity: Total Capacity: 5652 cubic inches - including external raised pockets.
Weight: 5.6 pounds

Pocket Measurements:

  • Exterior dual side zippered pockets: 14"H x 7"W x 4"D
  • Exterior dual side zippered flat slip pockets: 8"H x 7"w
  • Exterior front pocket: 15"L x 12"W x 5"D
  • Exterior zippered flap pocket: 12"W x 12"H x 3"D
  • Interior slip pocket: 18"H x 12"W

"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
UPS Shipping Time Distance Map.

Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Rail King Rucksack.

Meet the thundering herd who build your gear with pride.

Online orders will receive an order confirmation email, a UPS tracking information email when your order ships and a product review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. In addition, backorders beyond a dozen working days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our quarterly email newsletter. Your email address is always secure.

Every great rail rucksack needs Railroader accessories.

Personalize it. An embroidered Ruck is a respected Ruck.
Order an Embroidered Monogram Patch (located on top zipper panel).

  • Three initials for only $7.50
  • Up to ten characters for only $10.00

NOTE: Custom Embroidered Monogram Patches adds an additional 5-7 business days before shipping.

Other ideal uses for the rugged Railroad Rail King Rucksack include:

  • Riggers Rucksack Backpack - tough enough for any oil rigging job
  • Trucker cargo ruck - great for tools and travel gear
  • Roughneck backpack - If you work a big tough job, this is your bag
  • Horse tack knapsack
  • Rodeo ruck
  • Roping ruck
  • Halter rucksack
  • Trainers rucksack

Free Printable Railroad Rucksack PDF Brochure Download (3.7MB)
Free Printable Railroad Accessories PDF Brochure Download (3.4MB)

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4.78 Average Rating
 (91 Reviews)

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 Best Grip on the market
By O'Neill, Clovis, NM, July 3, 2014

This is the absolute best grip out there. It beats all the other grips I've had or seen in both quality of workmanship and functionality. Very well built with high quality materials. This is the only bag I've had that has plenty of room for all my stuff, and hard copy rule book with plenty of room to spare. Also loaded at nearly 50 pounds still carries very easily and lets you maneuver through the narrow doors of a locomotive. This is the last grip you'll ever need! Thank you Red Oxx
By Anonymous, Sask, Canada, June 19, 2014

Its nice being able to fit everything into one bag instead of two. Absolutely everything fits, even my lunch. Plenty of room for overnight trips (clothes, toiletries), manuals, lantern, track profiles, rules book, rain gear, etc with plenty of room for extras. Its fits through the door of most locomotives on my back. Would recommend!
 Rail King Rucksack
By Justin Ellis, Michigan, May 15, 2014

Great design and has plenty of room for almost everything I need to carry once I take charge of my train. I love the life time warranty this company offers too. I would recommend this grip for any Railroader!
 The Best Grip available!
By Anthony, St.Louis, May 8, 2014

Great Bag!....well built and plenty of room. I'm able to get all my stuff from my previous 2 grips into one bag. With room for more stuff. The bag can get heavy if fully loaded, but still comfortable on your back. I highly recommend this bag.
 Perfect Gift
By Karla, Biggar, SK Canada, May 3, 2014

I bought this bag as a birthday gift for my husband. His trips on the railroad are longer now and this enables him to carry the extras that he needs. He says he loves it! Thankyou!
By Anonymous, NY, May 1, 2014

I would highly recommend this bag.
 Perfect road bag
By Anonymous, Alabama , April 24, 2014

I waited a while before I reviewed the bag so I can get the full use. It's the perfect bag when are a pack rat like myself. I can fit everything I'm required to have and then some. It's durable and easy to wipe clean. I wish the clips at the bottom of the straps had rings or some way where they don't bind when you sling it over your shoulders. I pair it up with the tri-fold kit and it holds everything I would need and then some for a life working the road extra boards.
By Cory Schnaufer, Amarillo, TX, April 17, 2014

This bag is a tank. I have been using it for a month and a half now and it still doesn't have a mark on it. I truly love the bags build quality. The bag design however could use a little adjustment. I find myself digging around in these massive pockets looking for my smaller items. This makes me really wish for a couple of small pockets either on the outside or on the inside of one of the bigger pockets. The other thing is the pocket for the rule book is way to tight. I can get it in there but it is a fight. I would love an extra half inch of room in that pocket. These are the only things I would do to change this bag. Other than that the bag is amazing.
 packing the grip
By Richard Mize, Spokane Washington, April 15, 2014

the grip is easy to pack on and off the engine, I like the idea of having my hands free climbing up and down. I used to carry a lunch box separately, now it is packed within this grip. the only change i would like to see is that the rule book carrier could be detachable, it gets in the way sometimes. I would also like to see redoxx add a lunchbox that is easy accessible, mine i have to take out, and I'm looking for a better one.
By Anonymous, Hazard, KY., March 20, 2014

Well this grip is amazing. A friend had bought the railroad grip and I went through his with a fine tooth comb. I wanted a backpack though and so he told me that there was one available. This thing is awesome. More than enough space. Well laid out, plenty of pockets, and enough room to put clothes, snacks, etc. The warranty is the best. I've been a railroader for 17 years and have put many grips in their grave from hard use. I have found the last grip I will buy. Three months in and it still as good as when I first received it. Can't say enough good about it. Buy one!!! You will not be disappointed.
 Great Bag
By Shane, North Platte, NE, March 16, 2014

I was very impressed with this bag as soon as I took it out of the box. It has very heavy duty material and great zippers. It is a bit big for me and will be way to big for summer use. I wish the same bag was available in a little smaller size. A small pocket on the front would be nice for keys, pens, etc. Also, some Velcro or something to hold the laptop (which I don't carry) compartment closed would help.
 Super Quality
By Robert Johnson, Indianapolis, March 13, 2014

This backpack is seriously of the highest quality. I find a hard time imagining that anything could wreck it. I really appreciate all the pockets that allow me to fit in all the stuff I end up needing out on the rails: spotlight, fusees, etc.

I would only warn against ONE thing, and offer one recommendation for improving the backpack. Fully packed, it is a little difficult to wear the pack on your back and fit through the door of a locomotive. The back could use losing a little bit of volume to thin it down and make it more maneuverable.

Thanks RedOxx. I think I found my last grip.
 Finally the perfect grip
By Sara Onsager, Great Falls, MT, March 6, 2014

My husband works for BNSF and he was always complaining that the grip bag he had just wouldn't hold all of the necessities he needed for his job. He had heard about this awesome rucksack from red oxx so I got him one for his birthday. He absolutely loves it. Everything fits and it's easy to haul around. This is by far the best grip for any rail road employee.
 Quality at first sight
By B Rod, Denver, March 6, 2014

Right out of the box I was impressed. Good sturdy feel to the materials and zippers. Nice and roomy. Little big for everyday use so I went ahead and ordered the C- ruck and am happy with both. Add a lifetime warranty and you have a customer for life. Thank you Red Oxx. Looking forward to more of your great products.

 First and Hopefully Last Grip
By JM Stark, Cumberland, Md, February 21, 2014

I'm a new hire conductor, and I heard good reviews from co-workers. I noticed that during training I just couldn't find the right grip to hold what I felt I needed to be confident when I left home. So I figured that it was worth the money if I didn't need to buy another grip for 30 years. I like the big pockets to hold my lantern and radio, With our new rulebook (A huge 3 ring binder) I'm glad that I have the extra space.

The only changes I would suggest would possibly be a small place for pens, small items inside the top compartment, and maybe a ring to hang my keys on.

I can definitely notice the attention to detail. I hope this is the last grip I ever have to buy.
 Best bag ever owned
By Gonzales, Clovis, NM, February 12, 2014

Bag took 30 days to receive but it was worth the wait. This is a very well made bag for my job with BNSF. As a railroader our bags take a beating and having a no bull warranty is the icing on the cake for such a quality bag! I recommend this bag over others. Looking at grabbing the shaving bag next. Thanks red Oxx and great job on the quality and cust. Service!
 Amazing Bag
By Michael Klotz, Seattle, February 6, 2014

This is the most durable, do anything bag I'll ever own and the last one I'll have to spend money on. I'm heading to California in just over a weeks time and will easily be able to avoid any checks or extra baggage nonsense. Will be adding another bag from the redoxx line to survive the isle of man this may/june! Thank you guys so much for having quality products, customer service and a forever no questions asked guarantee. Cheers from the pacific northwet!
 Couldn't be happier
By JD Fertig, Columbus, Ohio, January 23, 2014

The product sells itself, not much to say. Guaranteed forever. All there is to it. My only complaint is that it doesn't quite fit through conventional engine doors as easy as the widebodies', but that is something I am willing to live with. Fits all my gear, even in the winter time, and then some.
 Good but could be better
By Bill, Arkansas, November 14, 2013

I have had the Rail king now for 2 months and it is a great bag. By far the best one I have used in the 15 years working for the U.P. My only suggestion to make this the perfect bag for a railroader is to put some small pockets for pens, keys ect.. in one of the big pockets. there is lots of room and everything fits. But you have to carry all of those small items loose in the big pockets. So am always having to dig thru it to find what I'm looking for. I ended up putting a plastic pencil box in the top flap to carry every small loose item. Still have to dig thru it but at least its not in the bottom of bag. Gave it 4 stars would have been 5 if had some sort of pocket organizer like some of the computer bags do.

It is still a great Bag and recommend it to coworkers all the time.
 Simply Great
By Stephen, West Virginia, November 7, 2013

Best Grip out there hands down! Like most I have tried multiple grips that never last or doesn't work good enough. This grip has truly made it so simple and easy to carry everything you could want or need to carry. You will not regret investing in one of these!
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  • "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
  • Designed AND made in the USA
  • 1050 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Ballistic CORDURA® nylon fabric
  • Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
  • 400 weight denier soft black nylon lining
  • All zippers #10 YKK self locking
  • Thread: #92 bonded Solar Max Nylon
  • All seams double stitched and bound
  • Double box stitching such as on carry handles
  • 3250 welded D Rings, nickel plated
  • Stainless Steel Mil spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
  • Daisy chain loops on ruck body and both straps
  • Includes adjustable detachable chest strap
  • Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
  • Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
  • Embroidered Logo Patches
  • Double box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
  • Includes Cable Lock
  • Dual set of Fastex side release buckles
  • A.L.I.C.E. pack strap adjusters
  • Nickel plated 1/4" O-rings allow articulating shoulder straps
  • Grab loop with rubber Euro-handle - DO NOT lift the bag using the top flap!
  • Mil-Spec parachute cord with adjustable Fastex tension locks
  • Spurred stainless steel grommets
  • 4 lb. closed cell foam padding in back
  • Uni-Suede padded articulating backpack straps
  • Available in Black Only
  • US Dimensions: Main Compartment 13"W x 20"H x 7"H
    Side Pockets: 14"H x 7"W x 4"D
    Front Pocket: 14"H x 13"W x 6"D
    Flap pocket: 12"W x 12"H x 3"D
  • Metric Dimensions: Main Compartment 33cm W x 50.8H x 17.8cm H
    Side Pockets: 35.5cm H x 17.8cm W x 10.1c m D
    Front Pocket: 35.5cm H x 33cm W x 15.2cm D
    Flap Pocket: 30.5cm H x 30.5cm W x 7.6cm D
  • US Total Capacity: 5652 cubic inches
  • Metric Total Capacity: 92.6 Liters
  • US Weight: 5.6 Pounds
  • Metric Weight: 2.56 Kilos

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between the Rail King Rucksack, the Airborne C-Ruck, or Roadster Mini Ruck?
The Rail King is made with a heavier and stronger 1050 weight ballistic CORDURA® nylon, our toughest. Ideal for Railroaders and the harsh rail lifestyle.
Can I get one in a different color other than black?
Our U.S.A. sourced ballistic nylon is only available in black.
What is Ballistic Nylon?
Ballistic nylon is a thick, tough, synthetic nylon fabric used for a variety of applications. Ballistic nylon was originally developed by the DuPont corporation as a material for flak jackets to be worn by World War II airmen. The term ballistic nylon takes its name from the fact that it was intended to protect its wearers from flying debris and fragmentation caused by bullet or artillery shell impacts. This is a special grade heavier weight CORDURA® nylon that can handle hard use and the black color helps hide dirt, oil and grease stains.
What colors does the embroidery come in?
Embroidery is only available in red.
Will my rulebook (US), radio, and lantern fit inside?
Yes, the Rail King was specifically designed to hold this exclusive railroader gear.
Will a laptop fit in the Roadster? What size laptop?
The Rail King Rucksack has a special slide pocket inside the back main compartment that will accommodate Laptops up to 17 inches.
Are there any interior pockets or dividers?
We recommend using our Nomad toiletry kit and/or Lil Roy Gadget bags to organize your belongings inside your Rail King Rucksack. The Tri-fold Toiletry bag is also a great organizer due to its three individual zippered mesh pockets and unique fold open flat hanging design.
Is there a railroad discount available?
Red Oxx eliminates the middle man with it's factory direct to consumer model. Our prices are based on the length of time it takes to build a bag and the cost of materials. Each product we build comes with our iron clad "No Bull," no questions asked lifetime warranty. You will save considerable money in the long run because you bought only one bag, not to mention peace of mind knowing you own a railroad rucksack that will not fail.
Is there a way to securely lock the pockets on my rucksack?
Sure, you can use any TSA approved bag lock or try our Cable Lock for a simple, semi-secure solution. Watch this video where CEO Jim Markel demonstrates how you can use the cable that comes with the product Dog Tag price tag to secure your bag. Keep in mind, any determined thief can still cut open a soft sided bag with a sharp knife.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, fix it yourself. Check out this video where CEO Jim Markel shows how easy it is to do it yourself.
Can you ship USPS?
Yes, Red Oxx will ship USPS upon request. Simply state, "Please ship USPS" in the cart comments during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.