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Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« on: January 26, 2017, 09:03:10 PM »
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I mean, come on, the RR owns their own vehicles, power, crews, track, and I assume at least at the receiving end is a spur for off-loading. So they pay somebody else to haul their wheel sets around? 

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Re: Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2017, 09:08:46 PM »
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I doubt every railroad makes their own wheels.

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Re: Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2017, 09:18:59 PM »
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I doubt that any contemporary RR makes their own wheels.
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Re: Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 01:29:40 AM »
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It could be a cost effective way to ship them by truck. Generally speaking they are low commodity, you likely wont see convoys of them and the highway may also be a quicker route... (Makes sense since that's why we have them and passenger rail traffic declined alot during IHS)
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Re: Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2017, 08:13:45 AM »
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More often than not they are being trucked to/from facilities that can reprofile (turn) the wheelsets for the railroad when they are worn out, and these facilities are not necessarily connected by rail. Wheels can get reprofiled multiple times before being scrapped, to improve running characteristics.

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Re: Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2017, 10:14:05 AM »
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Well, the trains can't run without wheels, so they have to ship them by truck.   :trollface:

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Re: Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2017, 10:32:07 AM »
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Railroads also own their own Trucks, Trailers, containers and Drivers... ...and likely even paying a subcontractor to transport them is cheaper then using railcars in most situations and frees up space on a train for revenue cars that make money...


That being said in some cases railcars are still used it all depends on the specific situation...

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Re: Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2017, 12:40:08 PM »
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It is easier to load a truck at the sight of fabrication and drive to the exact drop off point and unload once.

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Re: Why do RRs ship wheel sets on trailer trucks?
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 08:26:52 PM »
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Saw 2 trucks on the freeway hauling wheelsets with roller bearing ends; either new or refurbished.