What is Intermodal Rail Service? Intermodal rail service refers to the transportation of freight using multiple modes of transport—mainly trucks and trains—without handling the freight itself during the transitions. This system typically uses containers or trailers, which can be quickly switched between trucks and trains.
Simplified? Intermodal rail service is like a relay race for your freight. Instead of just using trucks or just trains, we use a combination of both. Your goods are packed into special containers that easily switch between trucks and trains without opening them up each time.
(The Process in a Nutshell)
Step 1: Your freight is loaded into a container or trailer.
Step 2: The container is transported by truck to a rail terminal.
Step 3: At the rail terminal, the container is lifted onto a specialized rail car.
Step 4: The train moves the container over long distances, often spanning multiple states or even countries.
Step 5: Upon reaching the destination rail terminal, the container is transferred back onto a truck.
Step 6: The truck delivers the container to its final destination.
Cost-Efficient: Rail is often more fuel-efficient than road transportation, especially for long distances. This means you could save money, especially when moving bulk goods over long distances.
Eco-Friendly: Trains emit fewer greenhouse gasses per ton-mile compared to trucks. By choosing intermodal, you’re also choosing a greener transportation option.
Flexibility: With the combination of rail and truck, you can enjoy the speed and accessibility of truck deliveries with the cost efficiency of rail for the long-haul part.
Safety & Security: Railways experience fewer accidents compared to highways. Plus, with fewer touchpoints, there’s less risk of cargo theft or damage.
Scalability: Trains can handle a significant volume of goods at once, allowing for scalability during peak shipping times.
When Should You Consider Intermodal Rail Service?
- If you’re transporting goods over long distances (typically 500 miles or more).
- When you’re looking for a balance between cost, speed, and environmental considerations.
- If you’re shipping large quantities or bulk goods.
Our Commitment: We handle all the logistics—from coordinating between the trucking and rail services to ensuring a seamless transition of your goods. This means you get a hassle-free, efficient, and reliable service from start to finish.