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Auto Transport By Rail: What Is It?

Open auto transport by rail

Open auto transport by rail

Simply put, auto transport by rail is the process of moving your vehicle from one location to another utilizing rail transportation – shipping your vehicle on a train instead of on a truck. There are a few inherent advantages to auto shipping by rail, though historically auto transport by rail has been difficult to find. Ironically, however, customers are now starting to look at locomotives for their auto transport needs because of its lower cost. Auto transportation by rail has generally been a bit more expensive than shipping a vehicle using a conventional auto transport truck, but with the rising cost in fuel prices (and, in turn, the rising cost of auto transport services by truck) more and more customers are looking at car transport by rail as a practical, convenient, cheaper solution to their car shipping problems.

Auto Transport By Rail: Should I Use It?

While in the past auto transport by rail services were predominantly for Northeast-to-Southwest shipments and vice-versa, more and more auto shipping companies are getting into the car transport by rail industry, and nowadays you can find auto transport by rail services for almost any route. Granted, you’ll probably still need to haul your vehicle to the train station – and pick it up from the station upon delivery, but that’s neither here nor there as many cities still have working train stations, and most major metropolitan cities do as well. Vehicle transport by rail is a convenient method of shipping if you’re not pressed for time, but rather cash, though we would recommend auto transport by truck if you’re in a hurry, as it’s generally quicker (auto transport by rail can take up to two weeks, depending on the distance between pickup and delivery).

Auto Transport By Rail: Open vs. Enclosed

Enclosed auto transport by rail

Enclosed auto transport by rail

Just like with regular auto transport, there’s a difference between open and enclosed auto transport by rail, and it’s virtually the same as with a regular auto transport truck. Open rail transport exposes your vehicle to inclement weather and the occasional bug on the windshield and dirt on the side paneling, but all-in-all is a relatively safe and secure method of transportation. Enclosed transport by rail places your vehicle in an enclosed train car that will protect it from all the bugs, dirt and debris that comes from being outside, and is generally more expensive than the open transport alternative. We recommend enclosed auto shipping by rail services for customers that need to ship rare, expensive, valuable, classic or collectible vehicles, as these types of vehicles typically cannot be exposed to outside conditions for extended periods of time.

If you’re looking for free auto transport quotes, whether you need auto transport by truck or by rail, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes to ship your vehicle. A minute is all it takes to submit your basic shipping and contact information, and you’ll receive multiple free auto transport quotes over the next hour. You can speak to all those companies about transport by rail services, and you can also call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 and speak to our own live representatives, who can give you the lowdown on auto transport by rail and answer any other questions you may have.