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Old 06-15-2008, 01:38 AM
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lots of stuff most ppl think of coal tho
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I am a truck driver that specializes in rail freight. So it is true mostly anything and everything. They even put truck trailers full of freight on the railcars then another truck picks it up near the customer. This is cheaper than driving the whole way. Today I took a load of diapers and feminine products that went from Chicago to California on a Norfolk Southern rail car. Yesterday all kinds of Proctor and Gamble products the same.
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Most everyone summed it up, quite well. With the advent of intermodal transport, trains are becoming the fastest growing mode of shipping goods and materials, over great distances. As a result, hiring by most of the Class 1 carriers is up, considerably.
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Coal, grain, chemicals, cars, lumber, and inter-modal containers.
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As other's have stated... EVERYTHING !!

Personally, my brother's power-plant gets two COAL trains a week delivering the coal... next door, hopper cars deliver CORN to a plant that converts it to CORN SYRUP, CORN STARCH, and BULK FIBER for cattle feed. When I take the ACE Commuter train, we pass LOTS of AUTO CARRIERS, LUMBER and GYPSUM BOARD cars, GRAVEL and STONE cars, as well as the ever-popular ISO CONTAINERS that carry EVERYTHING: Foods (refridgerated or canned), toys, electronics, diapers, clothes,etc.

Specialty cars carry steel, wire, scrap iron, paper, oil, clay, etc...

About the ONLY thing we no longer carry in the USA is LIVE ANIMALS... the manufacturers built more slaughter-houses / processing plants instead of single location plants. So the animals are TRUCKED the short distance... but then often go OUT on rail-cars.
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