Why should I consider using rail instead of truck? Part 1 (Peter Sheldon, Commtrex Rail Logistics Services)

Part 1 (1)

Shipping by rail is unique but it can be one of the most efficient and reliable modes for moving freight within North America.

In this four-part series, we intend to provide insight into how companies can benefit from using rail and how to implement an effective rail logistics program into new or existing supply chains. This series is not all-encompassing and does not address every aspect and detail about what is required to ship by rail. However, for someone who has no experience with rail or is reluctant to try it, we hope that this series provides meaningful insights and a perspective of how rail is truly within reach for any organization that is exploring alternative or complimentary transportation options.


Why should I consider using rail instead of truck for the long haul moves of my freight?


Rail is one of the most cost-effective modes for transporting large volumes of raw materials and products over long distances. Rail has a lower cost-per-ton-mile than truck as it can move high volumes of products at one time. One railcar can carry the freight equivalent of 3-4 trucks.


Trains can move shipments over long distances quickly and efficiently. Trains are far less susceptible to delays caused by traffic congestion and road construction. Consequently, transit times for rail are often comparable to those for over-the-road trucking.


Rail offers huge carrying capacities and can accommodate fluctuating customer demands. Rail can handle shipments of many shapes and sizes and offers various types of rail equipment to safely and efficiently move freight.


(Continued next week ...)

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