What is Car Shipping by Rail?
Car shipping by rail is an alternative method of transporting a vehicle that puts your vehicle on a train to be shipped instead of via an auto transportation truck. A lot of people are interested in shipping a vehicle by railroad, but the biggest problem they tend to encounter is lack of service. Rail transport companies used to be common, but the industry today has shifted to the more flexible – and cheaper – method of shipping a vehicle by truck. With all of the nation’s surface streets and highways available to them, car shipping carriers can easily get to and from even tiny towns, which means they can help more customers without demanding they take their vehicles to a train depot for pickup.
This is a pretty big deal and perhaps the biggest reason for the decline of car shipping by rail services. Customers want flexibility – they want to be able to book a shipment without having to travel miles away to a rail depot that may or may not be secure. This concern over security has caused a lot of consternation among customers, and as such the industry has shifted to the more secure and more flexible shipping via truck. Customers can meet with the driver that will be driving the truck that’s hauling their car. This is big, because that trust is important in maintaining a positive shipping experience.
As a result, car shipping by rail has declined drastically over the past two or three decades, and today there are only a handful of routes that are available to customers. The biggest is up and down the east coast, usually from Florida to Virginia. There are no cross-country rail routes anymore, at least to our knowledge. They’ve all been replaced by nationwide shipping carriers that can do it faster, cheaper and more securely. While car shipping by rail may still be in the collective conscience, it’s not available on over 99% of the routes that carriers can run, so most every company simply says they do not offer shipping via the railroads anymore.
If you are interested in car shipping by rail, you can try to get free rail shipping quotes via our free form, but it’ll likely only result in car transport by truck quotes. This is the best way to ship a car, the fastest, the most cost-effective and the easiest to find. If you’re dead set on shipping a car via the railroad, you can get your quotes and, at the very least, talk to different shipping companies about your options. We want to make sure you have what you need when it comes time to ship your vehicle, which is why we only work with reputable, reliable companies that are fully licensed, bonded and insured. As always, if you have questions about our services you can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.