Rail Transport

Rail is the key to efficient, environmentally friendly, safe and cost effective land freight transport

What you need to know about rail transport

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a quest for a safe means of transport? Rail transport may be what you need. Rail transport is one out of the many means of transportation; it is strictly a means of transportation by land that operates on railways or railroads. When you think about an energy efficient means of transport and moving goods by land, transportation by rail becomes the most possible choice. The wheels of a train rolls with less friction over the very smooth and hard surfaces of the rail tracks, this ensures that the train carries even heavier loads.

While there are other means of transportation, rail transport appears to be what people are embracing lately. And it is not hard to see why. Ranging from the fact that it helps internal trade to the growth of markets, the mobility of labor and capital as well transport of goods and services, rail transport stands out.


Transportation by rail is arguably one of the safest means of transportation. Whenever a person decides to move goods from one point to another, safety becomes a priority. Trains offer more reliable means of transportation because they are grounded, and there are few or no cases of trains derailing or getting involved in a head-on collision. Evidence to this can be seen in the number of casualties that arise from train accidents: it is way less when compared to those recorded in other means of transportation. Likewise, it is a reliable and fast means of transportation. Although air travel still stands tall as the most rapid means of transportation, rail transport still hoists its name regarding quick service. The fact that trains are not caught up in traffic and keeping to time make them one of the reliable means of transportation. With the evolution of electric trains, rail transport proves to be the fastest means of land transportation. Then again, train conveys many people at once causing a reduction in the cost per head of the occupants.

Rail transport is a means of transportation you can always count on although it has some flaws. It is not the fastest means of transportation as air travel is the fastest. Also, rail transport cannot be functional where water is involved. Sometimes in business, the need for transportation across waters arises, and trains get out of the option. Then you will think about transportation by air or water. While rail transport is a good means of transportation that can cover a large distance even with heavy goods, it appears to have a defined route. Unlike vehicles that ply on the road, trains have defined rail tracks that they can never move without following it. Then again, due to the small frontal area characteristic of trains, air resistance is reduced, causing rail transport to consume 50-70% less energy to move a given tonnage of freight when compared to the other form of land transportation (road transport).

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