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Author Topic: US railroads pushing for 53' containers instead of trailers for intermodal  (Read 765 times)

Ruffin51

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Per the JOC. Look out for new Marten 53' reefer boxes!

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CN and CP dropped hauling trailers over 20 years ago.
It's kinda silly to haul running gear along with a container and call it a trailer.

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Interesting, pretty cool seeing all these new cans in the game.

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I read yesterday, KLLM is buying 610 new reefer containers, and Marten 500.






DVE

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YRC and Walmart have 53' containers also

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You're not wrong DVE:

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/04/03-wal-mart-like-amazon-tests-direct-intermodal-relationship-with-railroads-introduces-purpose-built-containers

The article mentions Walmart has designed cans with roll up doors too, although I couldn't find a shot of one.

Walmart Containers. by Shane Gillam, on Flickr

Credit to Shane Gillam of Flickr for that shot.

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The railroads don't want trailers due to the fact they can load two containers in a well car, rather then one trailer. However, UPS won't ever allow them to drop trailer service

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The railroads don't want trailers due to the fact they can load two containers in a well car, rather then one trailer. However, UPS won't ever allow them to drop trailer service

Makes sense on both parts. Feels like UPS barely has any cans compared to regular trailers too.

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UPS does own some. They also utilize the EMP program. They prefer trailers though. They can have trucks at the ramp waiting for a Z-train. As soon as the trailer hits the ground, they can take it. Don't have to wait for a chassis or any chassis issues.

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