Special Attention for Special Deliveries: Moving Dimensional Loads is a Niche Business that Requires Niche Expertise From Each Link in the Rail Transport Chain

This article discusses the unique requirements of moving specialized freight, also known as dimensional loads and over-sized loads. Among the challenges are: finding the best route, obtaining clearances for curves, switches and bridges, and obtaining freight cars capable of carrying the items. The article profiles two major players who dominate the specialized railcar business. It describes the types of shipments that are carried, such as wind towers, generators, boilers and vessels, and the types of cars that used, including four-, eight-axle, and 16-axle cars that can handle anywhere from 350,000 to 900,000 pounds. Since most railroads don't maintain their own fleets of specialized cars, the need for specialty fleet management companies remains steady.


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  • Accession Number: 01014982
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2005 6:05PM