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Okay, now I'll give you a little story to go with my little request.
The railroad I worked on was/is the BNSF and it is through different co-operative shared rail agreements a full transcontinental railroad. A good deal of the rail traffic that BNSF hauls is exactly what you showed me, containers. They (BNSF) operate a tremendous amount of container trains, usually double stacked and very long. Say a train of 7 to 8,000 tons and at least 8,000 feet long.
When the economy took a dump here the railroad hardly slowed at all. The trains kept running at a fast pace. Most people thought that the railroad (at least the BNSF) was doing extremely well from a business point of view, and they were right.
People also thought that our own economy must be doing much better than they thought because of all that freight that was in those containers and constantly on the move on those BNSF trains. Day and night, every day, all day, week in and week out!
What most didn't realize then and still to this day do not realize is that the BNSF was hauling a lot of loaded containers, that is true. But very very few of those loaded containers were destined for delivery here in the good old USA.
Container ships and their owners found that they could save two or three weeks of transit time and hundreds of thousands of dollars (pounds?) by parking their ships in the American ports of Seattle, San Francisco, Long Beach, etc.., etc., and offloading the containers onto trains that could traverse the continent in 4 days and transload those same containers onto a sister ship waiting in New York, Miami, etc., etc..
The container ships didn't need to travel down to panama, sit weeks waiting their turn to pass through and then make the long sail over to England, France or any other European country when the trip was a simple back and forth transit port to port.
Worked (and still is working as far as I know!) well for all involved.
That's why I asked. Just curious as to whether the containers got transported across country on trains or were loaded onto trailers for trucking. I know I took a fair number of them from point A to point B myself and was just wondering where they might have gone!
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