What Is Intermodal Rail Freight?
Intermodal railway freight shipping involves the combination of freight shipping by rail and truck. Almost always, a rail shipment will need the help of a truck. The truck takes the freight from the rail hub to its final destination.
Do you need freight transportation for long distances, hazmat materials, or extremely heavy items? Shipping by train shipping offers huge cost savings over traditional truckload shipping. Not to mention it’s better for the environment too!
Is Shipping by Rail Cheaper?
The short answer is, yes! When you use a trucking carrier, you pay the fuel, fees, tolls, labor and other associated costs. When you use intermodal services, hundreds of containers are moved at a time. That lowers the cost per load.
An intermodal train can move one ton of freight over 400 miles on just a gallon of fuel. This awesome MPG ration, plus the benefit of less frequent stops, means you save a ton on freight shipping.
Benefits of Using Intermodal Rail Freight
Railway freight and interstate trucking companies each offers advantages that bring down your cost to ship. Rail freight can be less expensive if your freight’s origin and destination are close to rail heads. Rail shipping is also the most economical choice when you’re shipping large and heavy freight.
Rail Freight Is Greener
As mentioned above, shipping by train is much more fuel efficient than by truck. Trains have a great MPG rating and make less stops. In other words, they use a lot less fuel. Less fuel means less greenhouse gas emissions.
If you have a truckload of freight, please consider using rail freight services. You won’t just be saving money, but you’ll be saving the environment!
Railway Freight Has Flexible Rates & Schedules
With the flexible shipping rates and schedules you can move your freight more conveniently. There’s more access points in Florida, Louisiana, Illinois and throughout North America. There is also faster loading and unloading times due to the flexibility of the rail and truck freight services. The transit time can sometimes be longer though. So freight by rail is best when you aren’t on a time crunch.
Link destinations and multiple warehouse stops provide an endless grid of options. With various intermodal container shapes and sizes to choose from including 20, 40, 45, 48, and 53 foot trailers, we’ll find the best freight trains and options for you. We make rail shipping easy, manageable, and less expensive.
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If you’re looking for a railway freight calculator, need something shipped by train or aren’t sure, contact one of our truckload or intermodal rail freight experts today at 800.716.7608, or fill out the quote form on the right.