How Freight Trains Connect the World

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  • Published: 05 March 2019
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Comments • 2 348

  • igotanM16
    igotanM16  1 hours back

    There isn't a place in India that is more than 900 statute miles from ocean...

    • Key Lime Mime
      Key Lime Mime  21 hours back

      At 3:39 THATS WHERE I LIVE! I LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD IN THAT INDUSTRIAL PARK!

      • Kalvin  Hampton
        Kalvin Hampton  3 days back

        Nice! Very true 👍🏾

        • FlashOfLight
          FlashOfLight  5 days back

          We need a truck freight episode, especially given the recent rash of truck company bankruptcies.

          • BossSpringsteen69
            BossSpringsteen69  6 days back

            Hmmm...pretty accurate but, id have to verify that drayage comment. Id have to check if the Latrops do go to CSX crosstown.

            • Nintendo j
              Nintendo j  6 days back

              You like trains or Planes

              Wendover : yes

              • Tyler Kapteyn
                Tyler Kapteyn  1 weeks back

                4.3 km long trains.... damn Canada

                • Liam McGrath
                  Liam McGrath  1 weeks back

                  Good video, but your Philly example is incorrect. Philadelphia has a large CSX Intermodal yard.

                  • John W
                    John W  1 weeks back

                    Let's not act like the trucking industry doesn't have it's lobbyist. They do 80% of the damage on roadways, but I don't see them paying for it.

                    • ere
                      ere  2 weeks back

                      Why driverless freight train is not a common thing

                      • Bill Kong
                        Bill Kong  2 weeks back

                        Trucks can only go where there are roads. It's only incidental there are more roads than tracks.

                        • Alexandra Lynn Poyser
                          Alexandra Lynn Poyser  2 weeks back

                          Driverless trucks is about the dumbest idea I've ever heard of.

                          • Leca pahcni
                            Leca pahcni  1 weeks back

                            Alexandra Lynn Poyser exactly, I don’t not want 10 ton missile coming at you with nobody to intervene.

                        • drsupremo88
                          drsupremo88  2 weeks back

                          There is a freight train from London to siberia

                          • jan maroto
                            jan maroto  2 weeks back

                            6:44 that's my country's passenger train you can see the r of "rodalies de Catalunya", so much fun

                            • Christina Gibson
                              Christina Gibson  2 weeks back

                              You said driver it's a engineer

                              • Buster Beagle
                                Buster Beagle  3 weeks back

                                8:37. Misinformation- There is currently not I repeat not a shortage of truck drivers in the US that is a myth

                                • Darren Alexander
                                  Darren Alexander  3 weeks back

                                  That's a lot of dependence on two metal rods.

                                  • Akhilesh Singh
                                    Akhilesh Singh  3 weeks back

                                    More like how frieght trains connect u.s

                                    • Stephen Powdexter
                                      Stephen Powdexter  4 weeks back

                                      Many comments but: what's with all those crew changes in the northwest route Chicago-Seattle? It sounds like we still have some featherbedding like when railroads still had to employ fire-men when they switched from coal to diesel.

                                      • Dennis De la Mara
                                        Dennis De la Mara  4 weeks back

                                        5:27 *are trains

                                        • Joseph Cotter
                                          Joseph Cotter  4 weeks back

                                          Please stop passing on the misinformation of a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. There isn't a shortage of truck drivers, there is a shortage of truck driver pay. The average truck driver makes between 45k-65k for 60-80 hours of work with most closer to the 45k mark. When taking into account overtime pay one would get if not driving a truck, said driver would make more money working at Walmart. Add to that truck drivers don't get any benefits usually other then self contributing plans where the companies put none of their own money into and the calculus is that it has degraded to barely over a minimum wage job. This is for an often dangerous job where one is in the case of OTR living away from home, eating unhealthy and overpriced junk food from truck stops, etc... The job is just flat out underpaid and the companies would rather churn drivers then pay a reasonable wage.

                                        • Tacit Dionysus
                                          Tacit Dionysus  1 months back

                                          So, where is the rest of the 'world'.

                                          • Duncan08
                                            Duncan08  1 months back

                                            Got really confused when he said Glasgow. Didnt know there was one in Montana.

                                            • Dylan Shramko
                                              Dylan Shramko  1 months back

                                              I think I'm at the wrong Wendover

                                              • Trains of Canada
                                                Trains of Canada  1 months back

                                                More train videos please ;)

                                                • SharkyCartel Railroad
                                                  SharkyCartel Railroad  2 months back

                                                  actualy 9000 horsepower is the strongest locomotive in america

                                                  • The Q
                                                    The Q  2 months back

                                                    !!!!! 2:52 Most locomotives DO NOT have 6,000HP. The ones that do/did were not in service long. For various reasons. Most locomotives average from 4300-4500HP. Not upwards of 6,000. There were only three models of American diesel locomotives built that reached or exceeded 6,000hp none were built in large numbers at the rated horsepower, and only one remains in active service at that horsepower due to its historical significance since it is a twin engine unit built in the 1970s.

                                                    In the 1990s there was a race set up by the large American railroads between the two major diesel-electric locomotive builders, Electromotive Diesel (EMD) and General Electric, to build a diesel locomotive that could meet or exceed 6,000HP using only one engine to reduce maintenance. Both companies had a very hard time meeting this goal due to mostly engine trouble and in the end very few of these were built. Although G.Es locomotives were used to set the worlds longest and heaviest train record.

                                                    Many railroads like union pacific encountered reliability issues and also the problem that since most trains are pulled by more than one locomotive if one broke during transit the others could pick up the slack. But this does not work if you lose 6,000+hp going up a 3% grade.

                                                  • Kj_mast_er
                                                    Kj_mast_er  2 months back

                                                    Quality Stuff, you need a prize or something

                                                    • Ed Porter
                                                      Ed Porter  2 months back

                                                      Soon we will see giant batteries being hauled by freight trains.

                                                      • hedgehog3180
                                                        hedgehog3180  2 months back

                                                        I mean it would be pretty simple to fully automate freight trains, automated trains are already common in metros and high speed rail is highly automated. Not that there's really a need since it requires so few people already.

                                                        • Logan Mainord
                                                          Logan Mainord  3 weeks back

                                                          Engineers (" Locomotive Drivers") and Conductors (whose job is to manage the train itself, not just the locomotive) have a lot more to their job than just operating the locomotive.

                                                      • zazugee
                                                        zazugee  2 months back

                                                        "trucks go anywhere" <-- nope, they also go where there are roads
                                                        unless you're talking about a totaly 4x4 offroad capable truck and not a semi-truck

                                                        • Karla Hernández
                                                          Karla Hernández  2 months back

                                                          I'm a logistics teacher, and this video is just awesome. Thanks so much for the illustration.

                                                          • Rex Appleby
                                                            Rex Appleby  2 months back

                                                            It's amazing how cheap and fuel efficient they are.

                                                            • Timmy Failure
                                                              Timmy Failure  2 months back

                                                              I live right by a chicago trainyard!

                                                              • Stranger Happened
                                                                Stranger Happened  2 months back

                                                                *1. The largest economies are only compared by PPP GDP,* not by nominal one, which is useless.
                                                                2. It was strange to hear that the USA is a good example of how railway/freight systems work considering the fact that it is the most atypical among any and all countries of noticeable size.

                                                                • iamthinking2202 _
                                                                  iamthinking2202 _  2 months back

                                                                  7:15 played that ticket to ride corridor well

                                                                  • wantaferrari
                                                                    wantaferrari  2 months back

                                                                    "How freight trains connect the US"

                                                                    • J J
                                                                      J J  2 months back

                                                                      tbh I think focusing on the US in this video is sensible. For example, things are different in Europe. With the exception of things like Amazon (which have the same issues in the US), we have a lot more demand for high speed cargo, and given that our cities are much, much closer together - time lost changing modes is easily overtaken by trucks. There is also a capacity issue as our rails are already at maximum capacity for passenger trains - and given that the cargo has to be loaded onto trucks ANYWAY, there's really not much point in sending cargo by train unless it is - as you say - low value bulk (for example coal). Additionally, cargo such as coal can be loaded directly at the mine, and unloaded directly at the customer (for example power stations), so there's efficiency gains there. Our trucking industry is also a lot more efficient than the US, in both fuel efficiency, time, and labour costs.

                                                                      • Ganesh Mantri
                                                                        Ganesh Mantri  2 months back

                                                                        Video header: world
                                                                        Actual video : USA USA USA

                                                                        • Silentatroman
                                                                          Silentatroman  2 months back

                                                                          It’s not a shortage of drivers, it’s the lack of good jobs for the drivers

                                                                          • N George
                                                                            N George  2 months back

                                                                            I love trains

                                                                            • Nitish Bharadwaj
                                                                              Nitish Bharadwaj  2 months back

                                                                              The title should have been:
                                                                              How freight train connect the US

                                                                            • Graham Crichton
                                                                              Graham Crichton  2 months back

                                                                              Only 4 of the 12 largest economies are in Europe. Hilarious.

                                                                              • Graham Crichton
                                                                                Graham Crichton  4 weeks back

                                                                                @kempo 95 it will certainly be interesting to see!

                                                                              • kempo 95
                                                                                kempo 95  4 weeks back

                                                                                Brexit is only going to bring that number more down. Probably not really, since the Brexit doesn't seem to decrease the economy that much from the respective countries but the UK's economy is relatively slinking.

                                                                              • Graham Crichton
                                                                                Graham Crichton  4 weeks back

                                                                                @kempo 95 trust me, with all this Brexit talk going on, that is amusing.

                                                                              • kempo 95
                                                                                kempo 95  4 weeks back

                                                                                Not really, since Europe has mostly small countries with relatively low population numbers.

                                                                            • Rips
                                                                              Rips  2 months back

                                                                              I wish he talked about Canada more

                                                                              • Cornelius Dr Vanderbilt
                                                                                Cornelius Dr Vanderbilt  2 months back

                                                                                The best is to Walk, then
                                                                                The best is Bicycle, then
                                                                                The best is Motorized Bicycle, then
                                                                                The best is Motor Car ...Plane, Shuttle...
                                                                                For freight: Railways are ... Lorries / Trucks cannot carry large amount of cargo ...
                                                                                Marine Transportation for very large amount cargo appears cheaper but loses out on time to Railways ...
                                                                                Efficient and Economic Transportation of Goods is a combination of all ...

                                                                                • AviaNokke
                                                                                  AviaNokke  2 months back

                                                                                  European: Starts a passenger railroad compan in USA.
                                                                                  USA: ok
                                                                                  European: Suggest electric trains.
                                                                                  USA: We don't do that here.
                                                                                  European: ok.
                                                                                  USA: We need diesel for our long trains, they are suuuuuper long
                                                                                  Canada: Am I a joke to you?
                                                                                  USA: Dead mem-
                                                                                  Canada: You are a meme and old.
                                                                                  USA: SANCTIONS!
                                                                                  Canada: ok, we need to build a wall.
                                                                                  USA: Really? We are closed off to Canada and Mexico now.
                                                                                  European: Lets start a new company in Canada.

                                                                                • TheAVgeekTeam
                                                                                  TheAVgeekTeam  2 months back

                                                                                  Gracias Moyano por darle empleo a lxs camionerxs ✌🏻✌🏻🇦🇷

                                                                                  • 58metzger
                                                                                    58metzger  2 months back

                                                                                    Thank you for using metric system