5 Huge Benefits of Shipping via Rail

Choo choo! Trains are back and better than ever, as logistics professionals are relying more on intermodal to get goods transported fast.

Rail is great when combined with trucking to streamline the supply chain. Using intermodal drayage (multiple modes of transportation to ship) also gives you a backup option. In case a truck breaks down or there is heavy traffic, a rail ramp is always nearby to keep the supply chain moving.

Sure, we are used to seeing long haul trucks lording over the highways, but how does using rail compare? There are a few key benefits to hitting the tracks instead of the pavement, and they truly make an impact on efficiency.

Let’s take a look!

Save fuel

One of the biggest benefits of rail shipping is that the reliance on fuel is significantly lower than if you were to ship with a truck. In fact, trains can move freight about 480 miles on only one gallon of fuel.

Cost effective

With less of a reliance on fuel, you’re already making a big dent in spending. As well, drop trailer and driver rates are typically lower when using a train.

Move more at once

One truck can haul up to 3 containers max, although it’s common to haul one at a time. A train, on the other hand, is perfect for large loads that need to be moved fast and at the most affordable price. One train can pull as much as 280 truckloads in a single haul!

No traffic

While cars and trucks are stopped at lights and traffic, trains are rolling on by with nothing to hold them back. Route planning is easier to manage and time is saved.

Environmentally friendly

Businesses and consumers are making strides to reduce the carbon footprint, and in the logistics industry, this is no different. Not only do trains use less fuel than trucks, but they produce less greenhouse gas emissions as well- up to a whopping 75% less!