How Freight Trains Connect the World

  • Published on: 05 March 2019
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington
    Sound by Graham Haerther (
    Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster

    Special thanks to Patreon supporters Alec M Watson, Andrew J Thom, Arkadiy Kulev, Chris Allen, Chris Barker, Connor J Smith, Daddy Donald, Etienne Dechamps, Eyal Matsliah, Hank Green, Harrison Wiener, James Hughes, James McIntosh, John & Becki Johnston, Keith Bopp, Kelly J Knight, Ken Lee, Kyle, KyQuan Phong, Manoj Kasyap Govindaraju, MyNameIsKir, Plinio Correa, Qui Le, Sheldon Zhao, Simen Nerleir, and Tim Robinson

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    Select footage courtesy the AP Archive
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    BNSF train clip courtesy Scott Hiddelston

  • Runtime : 10:22
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  • Tim Spielman
    Tim Spielman   5 days ago

    Ummm I am going to chime in on your Cali to philly container delivery you were correct up to Chicago ..... at the Chicago the container would stay loaded on its stack car and interchanged to the next railroad. Coming into philly we have a csx yard (greenwich yard) to brought into where it would be picked up or if it interchanged to Norfolk southern it would go into ns Langhorne pa intermodel yard outside the city ...... unless it got switched wrong it would not go to north jersey ...... that makes zero sense

  • Jilk
    Jilk   5 days ago

    Electric, driver-less trucking may pose a threat to rail, but perhaps not as much as you think. I don't think the U.S. govt., or its citizens, would tolerate taking dozens if not hundreds containers per train off of a dense, streamlined rail line and putting them on an already congested, and, in some cases, deteriorating highway network. Something major would have to change in order for that to become a reality.

  • Samuel Smith
    Samuel Smith   1 weeks ago

    I hope freight declines so passenger rail can prosper.

  • worminator15
    worminator15   1 weeks ago

    I always forget that your trains run on fuel, which is insane to me

  • paul zet
    paul zet   1 weeks ago

    regular rail companies: sharing means more profitthat one canada boi: M I N E

  • MrUmeabdullah1
    MrUmeabdullah1   1 weeks ago

    @2:35 ha unless you live in Pakistan with its maximum 80 km/h trains (even if the engine did have the capacity to go faster my dad said the tracks will not be able to handle it)

  • SOULTAKU 100%
    SOULTAKU 100%   2 weeks ago

    Lol, I like how you blurred out the logo's on the loco's. Thing is tho, railways in America aren't concerned about copyright when it comes to their trains. I cant remember a railway in the US ever filing a claim on a railfan for rail photography and videography on YouTube or anywhere else.

  • Howard Citizen
    Howard Citizen   2 weeks ago

    Why can't railroads have an interconnecting junction rather than unload and load a rail car for a 10-mile truck journey>

  • Jay Temkar
    Jay Temkar   3 weeks ago

    Pls do an episode on new Indian freight corridors

  • NorCo Railfan
    NorCo Railfan   3 weeks ago

    Lol why the hell did you blur out BNSF on the locomotive but not DHL on the aircraft in a SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON??? I'm sure the railways wouldn't mind the publicity

  • Star Vids 1348
    Star Vids 1348   3 weeks ago

    Why 7, why not unite all the railroad’s into one called US National Railroad service.

  • kone pine
    kone pine   3 weeks ago

    These trains are wicked long in Canada

  • James
    James   3 weeks ago

    4:16 I swear to god that Glasgow is in Scotland.

  • Nick Delahaye
    Nick Delahaye   3 weeks ago

    On the train and plane side by side footage, why did you blur out the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) logo on the train but not the DHL logo. I'm guessing copyright but that just doesn't make sense to me.

  • karma Jefferson
    karma Jefferson   3 weeks ago

    The train having high horsepower has nothing to do with its pulling ability. That would be the torque my friend

  • Riley von Bevern
    Riley von Bevern   3 weeks ago

    Wouldn't it make sense to nationalize the railway system to make the entire system more efficient?

  • Adrian SAJJADI
    Adrian SAJJADI   3 weeks ago

    “How Freight trains connect the world”Australia: Ima pretend that I didn’t see thatAustralia is connected via trucks, alot of them

  • Happy Chameleon
    Happy Chameleon   3 weeks ago

    "How Freight Trains Connect the World" Spends the whole video talking about the US..

  • Tom Garbo
    Tom Garbo   4 weeks ago

    Not in the USA. Freight train service started going downhill years ago. Worked at 2 large companies that had their own 1500 to 2000 foot private siding. It took them up to 4 weeks to return a box car that was only 800 miles away.. Would promise delivery first thing in morning but never know what morning. Little by little bith companies had to stop receiving & shipping products by rail.

  • smakkacow
    smakkacow   1 months ago

    this makes me want to drive a train

  • Chris Green
    Chris Green   1 months ago

    A shame video focused just on US of Trump

  • The Gaming Tucan
    The Gaming Tucan   1 months ago

    Trucks can't go anywhere, they can only go where there is road.

  • Me Here
    Me Here   1 months ago

    "It would take nearly an hour to walk past this train."It takes nearly an hour for one of those $&#/*& trains to get through an intersection.

  • Bailey Chap
    Bailey Chap   1 months ago

    Personally, I would like to see him cover the history of railway's in general (or perhaps even Australia's railways)!

  • Eric Sell
    Eric Sell   1 months ago

    As a truck driver who has driven in US and now New Zealand...if US drivers were paid hourly instead of by mile, the entire resistance to short-hauls, and massive preference for long-haul, would almost totally evaporate. Trains are so much better at the coast-to-coast thing. But there's something else to consider: the Consumer. You can get your online purchase no matter the transport method...but you can't get it in "3-5 working days" or "48hrs" or "Overnite" via train. Trains do massive bulk, not 1,000 little boxes between OKC and Dallas. And people aren't willing to wait. We all want our stuff NOW!

  • santhosh m
    santhosh m   1 months ago

    Appropriate title : "How freight train connects USA" different countries have different syster..

  • Ethan Bailey
    Ethan Bailey   1 months ago

    My dad works for CN and the longest train he’s ever engineered was 18,000ft

  • Connor McLernon
    Connor McLernon   1 months ago

    So basically, the US has a crap passenger system, but a worldbeating freight system

  • PJ Noonan
    PJ Noonan   1 months ago

    Compared to automating a truck, I think automating a train would be a lot easier. They only have to speed up and slow down, in the USA at least, they already have the legal right of way, and by the ever shrinking crew size, it's clear they don't really need as much monitoring as a truck. I don't think automated trucking will really be a huge threat to the rail industry, as by the time the complex systems needed for trucks are developed, rail companies can take the same systems, trim them of unnecessary components and integrate them into trains without the massive down payment into research and development.I hope that's the plan, because the US has an interesting train history, and it would be a shame to see that end to a bunch of giant WALL-Es with trailers.