Oh toils of intermodal :)

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by Ebola Guy, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. Ebola Guy

    Ebola Guy Heavy Load Member

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    So I am at NS 47th looking for my box and I check the usual locations, go up and down the tracks; I can't find it. I go to the Driver Services building and ask for a location. Oh, btw, I did call the automated 800 # and all it said was the trailer was in Chicago; no help there. So, the girl in the office said, "It's still in Ayr." As in Ayr, Massachusetts. Well that explains why I couldn't find it.

    I send a message to dispatch at 7:45 "per rail employee, container is not at NS 47th. Train, according to them, is still in Massachusetts" and I wait.

    At 7:57, dispatch replies, "it is in Chicago and according to our reports has deramped [taken off train]. I will reach out to them to get a location." Who am I going to believe on this one? The railroad or some kid in a office with no windows, literally, and is180 miles away.

    I am patient, so I wait. Play some games on my tablet, clean up a bit, text the wife. At 8:19 I send another message out, "did you get that location yet?" I know he hasn't but I had to ask, right?

    At 8:33, he replies, "we are pulling your delivery. Grab an empty, and head to Marinette [Wisconsin]. Would you be able to pickup a driver at the terminal and bring him up to Marinette with you? I'd pay any out of route miles and additional $25..." and the message goes on. Mind you, I am in Chicago, already routed to go to Marinette, so where is the out of route miles come in? Btw, the $25 is standard "give a driver a ride" rate we get paid.

    Some days you just gotta shake your head. Well, time to put on my taxi driver hat and roll.
     
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  3. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    you know I think just about every owner operator started hauling containers or at some point hauled containers. But the same reasons you're complaining about or why a lot of us are doing something else. Just food for thought
     
  4. RAGE 18

    RAGE 18 Road Train Member

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    I got a box out of the port the other day 37500 on the drives and call dispatch he said ... bump the weight back it will work... o said are you serious? Lol so i sat and thought for a minute cut the seal and there was boxes stacked to the roof with a 12inch gap between door and load i said there wont be no bumpin someone will die when they open the doors. Normally paper rolls will slide taking the blocks out they slide 2k if needed but yea he tried chewing me out for breaking the seal but had no success with my counter argument. Gotta love it.
     
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  5. Ebola Guy

    Ebola Guy Heavy Load Member

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    Yea, nothing like it when you are looking at the situation and having someone on the other end of the phone/computer telling you that you're wrong.
     
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  6. 4noReason

    4noReason Road Train Member

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    i did intermodal for a month. hated it. might go back one day though if i buy a truck. but thats way down the road. the rails sucked. the backing sometimes was hard and dont get me started on the trailers parked at an angle and you got a sleeper truck. but o/o make good money and are home.
     
  7. RERM

    RERM Road Train Member

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    Number 1 requirement for running Intermodal.....PATIENCE!!!!
     
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  8. RERM

    RERM Road Train Member

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    Hey Ebola Guy, just checked on my Monday load, and it's still in Long Beach!!!!, that'll be one helluva pick up!!!!
     
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  9. w.h.o

    w.h.o Road Train Member

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    Haha, remind me when I was 36000 on the trailer going to cali. Told dispatch and they said, "move it one or two holes and see if that work" I just ignore that advice.
     
  10. Ebola Guy

    Ebola Guy Heavy Load Member

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    Lol Patience!

    If the railroad is BNSF, that train can be anywhere. BNSF only gives the origin yard and when it is at the destination yard. At least with NS, you can get a last reported location with a time stamp.
     
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  11. White Dog

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    They forgot to tell you, the driver you're supposed to pick up is in Detroit.
     
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