What Is Intermodal Freight Shipping?
Intermodal transportation is a modern way to move large-sized goods. It involves the use of containers that can be handled by different modes of transport. Truck and/or rail carry containers from one port to another, where the contents can then be unloaded and divided, to be shipped out again to their final destinations, via a system called “drayage”. Drayage is a shipping & logistics term referring to the transport of goods over a short distance (less than 100 miles).
The History of Intermodal Transport
The history of intermodal shipping goes back to England in the 1780s when standardized coal containers called “tubs” or “loose boxes” were transported along wooden rails and canals, pulled by horses. In the late 1700’s, iron replaced the wooden rails and wheels as wagonways evolved into popular “tramways” throughout Europe. The iron wheels and rails made pulling easier for the horses, therefore requiring fewer horses for quicker transport.
In 1802, Richard Trevithick patented a “high-pressure engine” and created the first steam-powered locomotive engine to run on the iron rails, which earned it the nickname of “iron horse“. Before that, real horses actually provided the power (“horsepower”) until the steam-powered locomotive replaced them completely.
In the 1800s, trains were primarily used to transport coal and other minerals, but rarely moved furniture or other goods, as most goods were locally made and sold. Horse trams were still used into the late 1890s, but only as a common mode for transporting people through the city. By 1890 the average New Yorker took about 297 horsecar rides a year.
What are the Benefits of Intermodal Freight Shipping?
The use of railroads for land transportation can offer considerable cost savings depending upon the length and distance from a port or tunnel to where your goods will be loaded onto another vehicle. The longer these routes are, generally speaking – say over 1 thousand miles-the more you’ll save! This is because it takes less time than just getting into trucks immediately after loading them onto ships at sea; thus reducing fuel consumption by up 40%.
Intermodal transportation is a great way to transport goods when there’s tight truck capacity or driver shortages. One advantage of inter-modal over other modes such as railroads, ships etc., lies in its operational nature: Dray can offer more flexibility and reliability due its ability turn multiple loads into one single shipment while also doubling container load capacities on some trains which means you don’t need two drivers per train!
Truckload transportation has an advantage over rail in that it can be driven by a single driver who operates their truck for 2-3 thousand miles before taking on another load. This means there is no need to station them at both origin and destination ramps, which saves money on fuel costs as well! In addition containerized goods are often double stacked onto each other when being transported by trucks making the total carrying capacity higher than what would otherwise albsys exist if loaded alone into cars or trains – this also helps protect against any damage caused during transport due out interference between variously sized pieces being carried together without
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Intermodal shipping is a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to transport goods. It’s most effective when truckload capacity and time aren’t your top priorities – our experts can help determine if this option meets all of yours!
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