How Do Truckers In General Feel About The Railroad Industry?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by DoctorZ, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. DoctorZ

    DoctorZ Bobtail Member

    Jul 29, 2020
    Twin Cities, Minnesota
    No, it poorly timed stop lights and bicycle lanes that cause the worst congestion.
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  3. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    Railroad is a business, Yes the Mega roads cut way back on the local and small volume branch lines because so much stuff went 'off shore' that the traffic dried up. The remaining customers depend on the smaller railroads +/or Conrail where the business had sufficient traffic to keep their branch line open, somehow...

    I oversaw a rail to truck facility that grew by adding liquids to the dry bulk business. Later the carrier that took over after Matlack added even more track and variety.

    The property was leased form Conrail and we received a rebate on the rent depending on the count of cars in and out each month.

    Business, simply business the motor carrier needed a place to intermodal rail to truck for their customers and the railroad as glad to offer one.
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  4. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    I take it from the farmers fields to the elevators.
    The railway takes it from the elevator to the ships.
    On the prairies there use to be an old wooden elevator every ten miles. Now there's a concrete elevator every thirty miles.
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  5. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    One of my semi regular moves up to auburn mass goes to an indoor rail siding. Those guys are quick too. In N out 30-45min tops
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  6. CargoWahgo

    CargoWahgo Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Louisville, Kentucky
    Only time I thought of trains:
    1. Omfg....pulling hazmat load across Florida train tracks....1069595840720720620720 times having to stop.
    2. Ah hell naw this is bullcrap. (Taking loads from Cicero to the bnsf yard at 8am for a mere $25 cartage fee)

    I actually lived by train tracks my entire life and actually used to run in the woods where the 1st train robbery recorded happened when I was a kid. Used to try and race them....never won but I could of hopped on if ai wanted to.

    Albeit the conductor got a kick out of some ####### kid trying to outrun him.

    Took one from Cincy to DC one time. Got a roomette. Was actually a pretty nice way to travel.
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  7. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    Currently UP and BNSF are charging a $1500 per container surcharge.

    I LOVE the RR industry.
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