Auto transport by rail is a dying part of the car shipping industry. As sad as that is, it’s a basic fact, and there are several reasons as to why it is slowly being replaced by transport by truck. The very first and most important reason, however, is that railroad transportation in general is dying – the railroads had their heydey, but they are slowly disappearing now as more and more companies begin to turn to alternative methods that are faster and cheaper than moving along the rails.
Trains are expensive to own, operate and maintain, and while they can haul a lot of freight they move slow and are restricted to already-laid tracks that only go through certain areas. This is one of the biggest reasons as to why railroads are a dying industry. Passenger services are disappearing too, with most trains running offering little more than tours of scenic areas as opposed to moving people from one area to another. As airplanes and personal vehicles become more and more common, the railroad slowly is becoming an image from another era, a bygone era, and its disappearance is bittersweet.
There are still some routes that have car transport services along them, but they are few and far between, restricted primarily to routes up and down the east coast, usually from Florida to New York or Boston. They are generally more expensive than transport by truck and can take longer, depending on how many stops they have to make and how far the train has to travel, than a truck would take. Trains are also rather inconvenient when it comes to pickup and delivery of vehicles; you will have to take your vehicle to the train station to drop it off, and when it is delivered you will need to pick it up at the train station, whereas with transport by truck it’s door-to-door, which means your carrier will come right to you as opposed to you having to go to your car.
Lastly you have the operating costs. As trains slowly begin to fade into memory, replaced by faster, more efficient methods of transportation, more and more people begin to move away from the trains, which means that in order to stay competitive they have to increase prices on freight and passenger travel. This includes rates for cars and other vehicles going on the train. In other words, auto transport by rail basically, for all intents and purposes, no longer exists. If you’re interested in transporting your vehicle, you can fill out our free online car shipping quote form and get an instant auto transport quote. You can book your auto transport order right there online or you can call our toll-free telephone number at 800-600-3750 to speak to one of our live auto shipping service representatives who can answer your questions and explain more about the auto transportation process.