Railroad freight

What is Intermodal rail freight?

 

When you need to transport a lot of heavy items or hazmat materials over the long distance it is better to use railroad transport. Shipping by train offers quite a discount comparing to traditional truckload shipping. However intermodal freight is almost always a combination of truck and train. The truck is being used to transport freight from rail hub to its final destination.

Benefits of using rail freight

Environmentally friendly

Trains are much more fuel efficient than trucks. They can pick up more cargo and deliver almost as fast, as truck. Trains make less stops, wasting less fuel, producing less greenhouse gas emissions. If you have a container to ship, and you care about environment – you should consider sending it through Logisticentrum railroad branch.

Safety of rail freight transport

In terms of controlling safety, railroad transport is way ahead of road transport. Moving large amount of ADR goods (explosives or flammables), in most occasions, is advisable by train till the nearest hub, and only then using trucks, if they are needed. Trains are almost not affected by weather conditions and traffic. Railroad networks ensure that, people living along the routes do not face major risks, making it safer to transport large quantity of goods.

Price

When you use trucks to transport your goods you have to pay associated costs like fuel, tolls, driver labor. However while using intermodal services, plenty of containers are moved at one time, thus lowering the cost per load. Actual consumption depends on landscape, allowed speed, loading and stopping patterns, but usually trains seems to be 15 to 20 times more efficient than truck.