Common Terms in Rail Transport
Any type of pre-made container designed for transportation of goods using rail locomotion. Railcars are unpowered, and require an engine to push or pull them. There are a variety of rail cars designed to accommodate a variety of shipping needs.
Powered vehicle that is operated by a pilot and is used to push or pull railcars over long distances. Engines can be electric, or powered by fossil fuels.
A volume of cargo that is capable of filling an entire rail car.
Less Than Carload
A volume of cargo that is less the volume required to fill an entire railcar.
A large open area alongside train tracks where trains can be domiciled or repaired. Railyards are also where cargo loading and offloading operations occur.
Train cargo that is considered bulk or full cargo, as opposed to passenger rail vehicles or light rail (usually inner city public transport).
The act of switching cars between one train and another.
Rail Transport Arrangements