Is the RailRoad the answer to today’s Trucking problems?


There has been a lot of talk about having the railroad to deliver more freight because it is safer and more efficient.

How could it be more efficient for a train to deliver freight? I really don’t see how it could be much safer either, as trains do not deliver to individual stores, so trucks are STILL needed.

I saw an article posted about how trains could move so many tons more of freight on one gallon of diesel, then trucks can. How can you even compare one truck to one train? Funny how, articles are written to mislead people into thinking that this could even come close to solving the problems. In all my life I have never seen a train pull up to any store and unload. Even if it were possible to unload a train at a store, you still could not get ALL THE FREIGHT delivered by trains.

What about items needed that are of life or death situations? Time crucial items that are needed brought to hospitals that could save your loved ones life. I would really not want to put my loved ones life in the hands of the railroad. I drove a tractor tractor trailer for more than 14 years, and in those 14 years I have worked for several companies. These companies hauled products, just as the trains did, and we would be called in to cover loads for the railroad because they lost their rail cars all the time.

When a rail car gets lost, trucks have to make up that load, which is about four truck loads to one rail car. There is talk about railroads using GPS tracking to ensure cars don’t get lost or sent in the wrong direction. I remember a few years ago, there was a train derailed behind my father’s house. The railroad ran through the middle of his farm. One tanker car and two box cars went off the tracks, thank GOD the tanker was empty. When the cleanup crew came in, they were to be there for two weeks cutting, and lifting pieces of the rail cars onto flat bed trucks to be hauled off to the scrap yard.

My dad and I were standing there watching the clean-up one day, and one of the “boss’s” from the train company came over and started talking to us. He said it was funny, the tanker car that derailed had been lost for three years. It was due a service on the axles at the time they lost it, so the railroad had pulled this EMPTY TANKER all over God’s creations for THREE YEARS, with worn axles.

That sure sounds efficient to me, plus safer.

Some think freight would get to destinations quicker by trains. How in the world is that going to happen? Maybe out in the flat lands, where trains can run 40 to 50 mph all the time. But not on the east or west coast, is this going to happen. Have you ever seen a “fully loaded” train stop? It takes miles and miles to get a “fully loaded” train stopped. Well, the same goes for getting it took off again. I am talking about those huge freight trains that roll through, every little small town in the US. They have to continuously speed up and slow down.

People you just well get used to trucks being around. They are going to be here forever. The problems I see are there are too many inattentive drivers in cars, and pick-up trucks driving around. The “general public” needs to be “schooled” on how to drive around vehicles that are bigger than them. This would be way cheaper than building unneeded railroads.

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