Freight Car Friday – “Green Freight”

Lionel Trains

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, everybody is wearing a little green. Today “green” is more than just a color – and freight trains are an important part of an economy that is striving to be more eco-friendly.

roadrailer A Norfolk Southern Roadrailer train heads east against a summer sunset in Ohio. These modern locomotives will have no trouble handling the 125 trailers.

Railroads are always working to find ways to make locomotives more fuel efficient and with ever-decreasing greenhouse emissions. General Electric just unveiled their latest version of the ES44AC – now Tier 4 compliant – earlier this year. But the fuel and emissions savings of a single locomotive pale in comparison to the overall impact of shifting freight to the rails in general.

Nowhere is the advantage of rail easier to spot than an intermodal train. A typical train will take as 150 to 200 trailers and…

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