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Car Transport By Train: What is it?

Cars have become an essential tool in people's lives and the demand for them is growing, as well as facilitating the export and shipment of factories out of the country. A reliable supply chain solution plays an important role in moving large volumes and weights to their destinations in a cost-effective and safe manner. Let's start this article by looking at the main means of transportation in the automotive supply chain - rail.

Large vehicles are required for transportation because cars are very big and heavy, especially when travelling long distances, such as to another country or a faraway city. Thankfully, a lot of rail companies now provide reasonably priced car transfer services. The process is also simple: cars are put onto the train, transported from the point of departure to the nearest train station of your destination, and then unloaded. Compared to car transport by truck, this form of vehicle transportation is more feasible. There is a significantly lower chance of stopping and getting into an accident while travelling by rail than by automobile. If the end destination and the incoming rail destination are close in proximity, multimodal scheduled road transportation can also be used to provide door-to-door logistical services.

Why Use Train to Deliver Car?


Most automakers ship significant quantities of new vehicles to a general geographic location via train, and then truck car carriers transport the cars from the train to the ultimate dealer destination. Due to its high transport capacity, which makes train suitable for long-distance transport of large quantities of low-value products. When you have a large amount of cargos, the average cost differences become even more evident.

More importantly, rail transportation is not affected by changes in cost of gas. The price of gasoline can make a huge difference in the variation of automobile prices, but rail is less affected, thus bringing the advantage of costing stability with less influencing factor.

Less Environmental Impact

Train transport is an environmental-friendly way to transport goods. Because trains have a huge capacity, the amount of gasoline consumed from departure to destination is less than that utilized for multiple car departures.

With an increasing global focus on carbon emissions, if you are environmentally concerned, you can lower your carbon footprint when transferring your vehicles by becoming a passenger on their trains.

What to consider when using car trains?

There are two options for transporting your car when choosing trains. One is open rail transport and another is enclosed rail transport. The main difference is the cost and security.

Open rail transport

Open rail transport exposes the car to the outside environment, yet it is less expensive than enclosed shipping. In case of inclement weather, the cleanliness of the automobile will be influenced, for example, by little bugs on the glass or dirt on the side panelling. However, thorough washing of the vehicle will be sufficient.

enclosed rail transport

Enclosed container transportation is a more expensive choice, but it provides greater assurance. If you want to move rare, ancient, valuable, or more suitable cars by rail, you should choose enclosed shipment because it minimizes car damage and is not vulnerable to any external effects.

Neptune Example

For 19 years, Neptune Logistics has operated many multimodal transport projects with a professional team and rich experience, providing you with the best quality service, affordable prices and solving related logistics problems. Among our past cases, we have several successful automotive supply chain logistics solutions, among which the highly referenced example is the sea-rail transportation from Tianjin to Ulaanbaatar. If you want more details about sea-rail multimodal transportation, feel free to contact us.

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