Railroad Train Carrying Only Truck Trailers?

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  1. daviddincau

    daviddincau Bobtail Member

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    I saw a railroad train today...about a half mile long....carrying nothing but tractor trailers on flatbed cars from various (larger named) carriers. These obviously were not new trailers but rather loaded tractor trailers. Is the trucking business so busy that the companies have to contract out to the railroad to meet demand? I was under the impression that the trucking industry is slow and many drivers are having to run barefoot on hot blacktop to get work. Being a newbie and not yet out of school...this sight kinda made me wonder what is going on in the transport sector. Please enlighten me!
     
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  3. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    There is a LOT of that going on.


    Reason being for transporting trailers across the country the train is the most efficient.
     
  4. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    Believe it is used for freight not considered Just in Time. These trains can take a while to stage and unstage.
     
  5. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Yup, I've heard it can take a train 2 weeks to make its way from the east coast to the west coast.

    A team can do it in what? 4 days?
     
  6. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    You will have to ask a team driver. I could not go without sleep that long. I cannot sleep in a moving vehicle.
     
  7. beentheredonethat

    beentheredonethat Bobtail Member

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    Yes it may take two weeks for a frieght train to travel coast to coast, but it can haul hundreds of trailers. If you look at this from a perspective of how much tonnage is moved, how much fuel is consumed, and how long it takes. The intermodal train is more efficient. The dilema lies in the fact that there isnt a railroad near all recievers amd the equipment needed to lift-off the trailers is not widely available. Although I believe its more efficient doesnt mean i want some train taking the jobs of honest hard working truckers. We just have to wait and see what happens. Last time i checked intermodal freight was up and truck freight was down.
     
  8. daviddincau

    daviddincau Bobtail Member

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    That kinda blows! Perhaps I should be looking into a train engineer school. I hope that this isn't a trend of the future...with the trains hauling OUR freight. Kinda skeery!
     
  9. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    This has been going on for years.
     
  10. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    That would probably be a good idea except that engineers are getting hosed over left and right.

    The slow economy is effecting them too.
     
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  11. daviddincau

    daviddincau Bobtail Member

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    The slow economy is effecting them too.[/quote]

    Hope and change. Change and hope. Yes we can't.
    Slow economy? What are you talking about Brickman? According to 'Bam... we are pulling out of the "recession" as the unemployment drops... and hundreds of thousands of jobs have been "saved" and/or "created" by the federal gov't bailout/stimulus and wonderful new "green" jobs! I heard you truckers really dig that new government subsidized bio-diesel. Keeps those trucks runnin' great when those temps dip below zero I understand. :biggrin_25523: I know. You just been spending too much time in your truck and haven't heard the good news yet.
    Yessah...soon we bees in high cotton!!
     
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