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Updated by Ugl Seo on Sep 18, 2017
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Why Railways are Best for Transporting Cargo

Railways have always been one of the most popular methods of shipping loads of bulky and palletized cargo across long stretches of land. It's only becoming more popular in developed countries over the years despite advancements in other forms of transportation such as cargo jets.



It's one of those situations where companies don't feel a need to fix what isn't broken – railways have always offered the most advantages for shipping, despite the fact that drivers might get frustrated with the occasional traffic jam.



First of all, shipping by railway freights is extremely convenient and versatile. Trains can ship all sorts of loads, whether they're big or small, perishable or non-perishable. They're also able to accommodate urgent shipments in short periods of time due to their uninterrupted traffic capabilities. Train compartments can be modified to accommodate different types of goods, like using metal pallets for fragile goods or refrigerated compartments for perishables.



When you position railways along other methods of transportation, they still seem to be the cheapest option. They use few resources compared to air and maritime travel, such as fuel, electricity, and operators. If you can transport a load of the same weight and size at the same speed as an airplane, but pay far less, which do you think is the more obvious option?


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Perhaps most importantly, though, is the fact that rail infrastructure is almost invariably more capable of carrying large capacities of goods. With most railway systems, you can transport more than 100 million tons of cargo as opposed to, for example, trucks, which have far less cargo space. Railways are one of the few modes of transportation that are designed for transporting items in extreme bulk, and it most certainly gets the job done with a low risk of losing or damaging any of those items.



In general, railways are also more reliable than other methods of transportation. While a plane or ship may be forced to delay a trip due to weather conditions, a train will very rarely cancel its trip for those reasons. A heavy storm or high winds might make it unsafe to get a ship, truck, or plane from point A to point B, but trains are extremely resilient and therefore will not be heavily impacted by less-than-ideal weather conditions.

Again, it is simply a matter of "why fix what isn't broken?" when it comes to why we use trains so often. They're versatile, inexpensive, spacious, and reliable, so they get the job done.