Truck or train? Road or rail? The big rig or the iron horse? Whatever you want to call them, these two heavy hitters of the freight shipping industry have been battling it out for decades. But when it comes to hauling your goods around the country, which mode of transport reigns supreme? Let's find out!
Did you know that short line railroads are one of the greatest All-American success stories? It's true! In fact, in many rural communities, short line railroads provide the only link between farmers, manufacturers, and consumers. That, however, is just the beginning. Here are 10 more incredible facts you didn't know about short line railroads.
If you've ever sat at a railroad crossing and watched as the train rolled by, you probably noticed the sheer variety of different rail cars (and no, we're not talking about the graffiti). There are hundreds—maybe even thousands—of different types of cargo being hauled every day, and many of those require specialized cars to accommodate them.
American freight railroads are leading the way in protecting our valuable environment. For almost 200 years, rail freight has been a crucial part of the success of the U.S. economy, but much has changed over that time. American railroads have evolved to become more efficient, profitable, and eco-friendly.
Chances are, you’ve heard of one of the major North American railway companies, such as CSX, NS, UP or BNSF. What you probably don’t realize, however, is that short line railroads operate over 50,000 miles of track, or nearly 40% of the...