Combination of road and rail traffic for the carriage of goods in the form of the "piggy-back" and other systems is gaining ground on the continent. The principle is that rail is used for long distance travel and road for short hauls to and from the rail depots. The chief advantages are punctuality, safety and speed. The limiting factor is the loading profile of the railway. Since a lorry of 4M height on top of a goods flat wagon would be too high, special wagons in the form of low platforms on small wheels or ordinary flat wagons with pockets for the lorry wheels are used. Development started in France in 1946, and in 1966 1M ton freight were carried. In Germany, 2M tons were carried in 1975. Five other countries have also introduced the system, and in 1974 the 7 user countries carried a total of 4.6M tons freight. In the UK, owing to the short distances, unfavourable loading profile and small lorries, the system is uneconomic. Very little use is made of it in Sweden where the railway concentrates on container traffic. For the system to be economic, long transport distances are necessary.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Svenska Aakerifoerbundet

    Fack, Vallhallaavaegen 66
    10041 Stockhom 26,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Livijn, C
  • Publication Date: 1976


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 46-48
  • Serial:
    • Lastbilen
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: Svenska Aakerifoerbundet

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153331
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1978 12:00AM