Trailers-On-Flat-Cars…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot Em’ While You Still Can

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Long time trailer fanatic UPS (United Parcel Service) is converting from trailers to containers as is their biggest rival FedEx Freight.

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In case you’ve been asleep at the wheel, the intermodal industry is slowly but surely phasing out the truck trailer on flatcar concept in favor of double stacked containers. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since Norfolk Southern¬†discontinued its unique “RoadRailer” service in 2015 and pretty much everything except the Detroit-Kansas City auto parts service has been mothballed.

The push is the result of the 2 for 1 advantage of double-stacked containers over a single trailer on a flatcar (Yep, it’s all about the money folks!) and long time trailer fanatics like UPS and FedEx have even begun the transition to containers.

The biggest long haul carriers in the nation; J.B. Hunt, Schneider, C.R. England and Swift had begun the conversion to containers years ago so it’s just a matter of time before the industry as a whole follows suit.

Although it’s not likely that TOFC will disappear entirely from railroading and although it’ll be some time before they’re truly on the rare species list, the writing’s on the wall for the time-honored tradition of toting truck trailers aboard railroad piggyback flatcars so…. Trailers-On-Flat-Cars, get up, get out and go shoot em’ while you still can.

Trailers-On-Flat-Cars…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot Em’ While You Still Can

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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