A freight train conductor is responsible for many things. Dozens of railcars carrying hundreds of tons of cargo worth millions of dollars. Not to mention all the businesses that are relying on those shipments arriving on time. But at the end of the day, that conductor is still human. What happens if they're having a bad day, and were too distracted to read the most recent track maintenance logs?
Rail freight is a vital part of the United States economy, responsible for moving over 10 BILLION tons of goods and products around the country each year. That's a lot of cargo! And, as you might expect, different states handle different amounts of it. But do you know which states are responsible for loading and receiving the most rail freight volume?
It would be safe to say that we’re train enthusiasts here at Seminole Gulf Railway. But what you might not know is that we’re also pretty big film buffs. After the sun goes down or when the weather isn’t ideal (which isn’t too often here in Southwest Florida), we love to sit down, pop some popcorn, and get lost in a good movie. That got us thinking, though, why not combine our two interests?
In the freight shipping industry, there are a lot of terms that get thrown around without much explanation. One such term is "transloading" and if you're in charge of shipping and logistics for your industrial business, then you've probably heard the term before. But what is transloading, exactly? And how does it work?
Regardless of how safe trains are, it is still important to know how to stay safe around and near the train tracks. Follow these nine railroad safety tips to protect yourself near the tracks and help prevent avoidable train accidents!
When it comes to American trains vs. European trains, there are six main factors that help make each one stand apart: their freight-to-passenger ratio, funding, rail infrastructure, train designs, operating procedures, and government regulations. In this article, we'll explore each of these in-depth.
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), or as it's more commonly known, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. While this funding is much needed and certainly a great start, smaller short line companies—Seminole Gulf Railway included—would still like to see more from the Federal Government.
The National Rail Network is a vital part of the United States transportation system, helping to move billions of people and goods across the country each year. This network is made up of three separate systems: commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, and freight rail.
When rail accidents do occur, they tend to make national news, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that they're so rare! So the next time you're considering your travel or freight shipping options, keep in mind that trains are an incredibly safe and reliable way to get from point A to point B.
Are you looking for the right supply chain logistics partner for your business? No matter the scale of your operation, choosing the best freight shipping provider is one of the most crucial decisions you will make—so it’s incredibly important to do your research and make the right call.