TITLE

The Future is Intermodal

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Ronald
PUB. DATE
May 2000
SOURCE
Logistics & Transport Focus;May2000, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Discusses why intermodal transportation is said to be the most advantageous way of transporting goods in Great Britain. The solution presented in this article is called the combined transport or intermodal transport. Combined transport is using the best attributes of more than one mode of transport in combination to achieve the maximum benefit. Road is excellent for being flexible, and for being able to reach any door that is on the road. Rail is excellent for moving goods quickly, economically, safely, and is environmentally beneficial, over longer distances. By using these modal strengths together, the optimum transport method is achieved. To overcome the perceived disadvantage of the additional weight of combined transport equipment over a straight truck, combined transport movements to and from a railhead are allowed to weigh up to 44 tons gross vehicle weight, that is, including swap body, goods, the driver and even the fuel in the truck tank. Service quality is of prime importance. Combined transport trains, with mail trains, must be given top priority status above that of passenger trains. Terminals can vary from simple cheap affairs to large, busy depots with many portal frame cranes.
ACCESSION #
11646599

 

Related Articles

  • Multi-Modal System.  // Logistics & Transport Focus;Jan2003, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p8 

    This article reports that the France-based Modalohr company has developed a road-rail combined transport system for trucking and rail operators. It is compatible with the clearance limits of major railway lines. The Modalohr wagon's lowered, articulated floor enables independent loading of...

  • TW Calendar.  // Traffic World;11/17/2003, Vol. 267 Issue 46, p51 

    Presents a calendar of events involving the transportation and logistics industry from November 15, 2003 to March 26, 2004. Annual Membership Meeting and Intermodal Expo of the Intermodal Association of North America; Annual meeting of the National Industrial Transportation League; National...

  • Re-Thinking Rail. Terreri, April // Food Logistics;Oct2004 Supplement, p11 

    Focuses on the combined efforts of rail and trucking companies for the development of rail transportation use by the U.S. food industry. Outcome of intermodal use by transportation company C. R. England; Advantages of intermodal shipping over the use of trucks in transporting goods; Background...

  • Revising the Network. Gallagher, John // Traffic World;4/7/2003, Vol. 267 Issue 14, p28 

    Reports on the companies that are taking advantage of improved railroad performance to build distribution patterns in the U.S. Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.; Church & Dwight Co.; Benefits of intermodal shipment.

  • GOVERNMENT.  // Refrigerated Transporter;Feb2004, Vol. 39 Issue 33, p6 

    Reports on U.S. government-related developments affecting the logistics industry. Confusion of truck drivers with hours-of-service rules; Plan of the federal government to install thousands of radiation-detection machines at seaports and border crossings; Cost as a stumbling block to the...

  • Taming the Dragon. Smyrlis, Lou // Canadian Transportation & Logistics;Sep2005, Vol. 108 Issue 9, p18 

    Focuses on the impact of the problems that beleaguer China's transportation system on multinational firms that hope to do business with the country. Higher costs for logistics in China, which includes transportation and handling; Fragmentation of the country's trucking industry; Lack of...

  • Air Freight Training.  // Logistics & Transport Focus;Jan/Feb2001, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p68 

    In a world economy that is, as of 2001, becoming weaker by the day, prospects for the next two to three years are far from encouraging for those who have to predict the residual value of heavy trucks. Commercial vehicle registrations in August 2001 were up by six percent. August sales of...

  • IT ON WHEELS. Schwartz, Ephraim // InfoWorld;11/17/2003, Vol. 25 Issue 45, p63 

    Focuses on the applications of telematics infrastructure in business logistics. Measurement of return-on-investment from integrating a telematics infrastructure with applications into the enterprise; Potential impact of telematics on back-end systems; Estimated price for outfitting telematics...

  • Improving Freight Transport and Warehouse Operations. Emmett, Stuart // Logistics & Transport Focus;Mar2000, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p30 

    The results of survey on recruitment, skills development and retention issues, which was commissioned by the Road Haulage and Distribution Training Council and conducted among owners or haulage businesses in Great britain were presented. Almost 40 percent of employers were finding recruiting...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics