The Benefits Of Transporting Goods By Train

Posted on March 24, 2020

transporting goods by trainWhen your company is shipping goods, you have a big decision to make. Which method of transportation will you use? Transporting goods by train offers many advantages, well worth consideration.

This is especially true if you are sending your goods a long way. Railway transport is especially popular and common in countries with long transit times, including the United States.

Knowing the benefits of transportation goods by train can help you make your decision.

Here’s a quick run-down train transport advantages to consider:

  1. Fewer Size And Weight Limitations
  2. Cost-Effective Over Distances
  3. Transport In All Conditions
  4. Environmentally Friendly
  5. Speedy Delivery

Fewer Size And Weight Limitations

Truck transport is often limited by cargo size and weight restrictions, especially when traveling through multiple states where regulations may differ. Transporting goods by train removes those restrictions.

Especially when shipping heavy or bulky goods, transporting by train ensures that everything you send gets to its destination in one trip, making delivery faster, more reliable, and more satisfactory to your own customers.

Essentially, freight trains can carry any cargo. Better yet, trains can carry all of this in one trip.

Cost-Effective Over Distances

While shipping items via truck is more cost-effective over short distances, nothing beats railway transport when you have a lot of ground to cover. Trains use far less fuel than other forms of transportation, which ensures efficient shipping, especially for long-haul travel. They can carry more, as noted above, which puts that fuel to good use. And, if you need to add more goods, you add another train car, making use of what’s already in place. That’s more economical than having to hire another truck and another driver.

Transport In All Conditions

Anything moving by truck is subject to weather, traffic, and road conditions. If a highway is shut down, a bad storm moves in, or vehicles snarl in a busy location, your goods are delayed. Railway transport is more dependable, as it is less impacted by weather conditions and traffic is not an issue at all.

While truckload transport is subject to accidents and breakdowns, railway transport is typically much safer, which means lower rates of incidents that slow your delivery down.

Environmentally Friendly

One train transporting goods does the work of many trucks doing the same. The environmental benefits are clear. The Association of American Railroads says that freight railroads can, on average, move one ton of freight more than 470 miles per gallon of fuel and that moving freight by rail versus truck lowers greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent.

If your business is concerned about the environment and wants to choose green methods of transport, trains are the ideal solution.

Speedy Delivery

While transporting goods by train is not recommended for very time-sensitive deliveries, it’s still reliable and moves quickly. The average transit time can turn out close to what it is by road, especially over longer hauls, which means you get all of the other benefits listed above, along with efficient delivery.

Looking at the benefits of transporting goods by train, you may find that sending your freight by railway is the best option for your business. If you think it is the right fit or want to know more about railway transport and what it could look like for your company, we’re happy to answer any questions and provide a quote. We have lots of experience sending freight and know how to find a solution that right for you. Contact us online or call us at 732-476-3151.