How Freight Trains Connect the World

  • Published: 05 March 2019
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington
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    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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Comments • 2 276

  • Ganesh Mantri
    Ganesh Mantri  3 hours back

    Video header: world
    Actual video : USA USA USA

    • Silentatroman
      Silentatroman  3 days back

      It’s not a shortage of drivers, it’s the lack of good jobs for the drivers

      • N George
        N George  3 days back

        I love trains

        • Nitish Bharadwaj
          Nitish Bharadwaj  3 days back

          The title should have been:
          How freight train connect the US

          • Graham Crichton
            Graham Crichton  3 days back

            Only 4 of the 12 largest economies are in Europe. Hilarious.

            • Rips
              Rips  4 days back

              I wish he talked about Canada more

              • Cornelius Dr Vanderbilt

                The best is to Walk, then
                The best is Bicycle, then
                The best is Motorized Bicycle, then
                The best is Motor Car ...Plane, Shuttle...
                For freight: Railways are ... Lorries / Trucks cannot carry large amount of cargo ...
                Marine Transportation for very large amount cargo appears cheaper but loses out on time to Railways ...
                Efficient and Economic Transportation of Goods is a combination of all ...

                • AviaNokke
                  AviaNokke  5 days back

                  European: Starts a passenger railroad compan in USA.
                  USA: ok
                  European: Suggest electric trains.
                  USA: We don't do that here.
                  European: ok.
                  USA: We need diesel for our long trains, they are suuuuuper long
                  Canada: Am I a joke to you?
                  USA: Dead mem-
                  Canada: You are a meme and old.
                  USA: SANCTIONS!
                  Canada: ok, we need to build a wall.
                  USA: Really? We are closed off to Canada and Mexico now.
                  European: Lets start a new company in Canada.

                  • TheAVgeekTeam
                    TheAVgeekTeam  5 days back

                    Gracias Moyano por darle empleo a lxs camionerxs ✌🏻✌🏻🇦🇷

                    • 58metzger
                      58metzger  6 days back

                      Thank you for using metric system

                      • Henry Windsor
                        Henry Windsor  6 days back

                        Now do one on trucks!

                        • StandardDifferent aka. samsausage

                          In Europe DB operaites cargo primarily in lot's of european contury such as the UK.

                          • Jason Corcoran
                            Jason Corcoran  7 days back

                            I love trains

                            • William Harp
                              William Harp  1 weeks back

                              i used to deliver loads to the Memphis rail yard and it was a mad house.

                              • ARailway
                                ARailway  1 weeks back

                                Thanks for this video.

                                • Amen Brother
                                  Amen Brother  1 weeks back

                                  Canada would not function without rail or tractor trailer

                                  • phillyslasher
                                    phillyslasher  1 weeks back

                                    Wait a fucking minute. Didn't you make a video about why "American trains suck"? lol then you go and do THIS video? America doesn't suck at trains, I'm pretty sure one loaded boxcar on a US freight train is carrying more goods than all of Europe moved by rail in the last 40 years combined :p Problem is, European fanboys are so fixated on SPEED that they don't even realize they are missing out on the true economic worth of a rail system.

                                    • xwingsarecool yt
                                      xwingsarecool yt  1 weeks back

                                      I live in New York, where there is a major CSX and Amtrak yard, a lot of commuter rail services, and subways everywhere, yet the only trains I see most of the time are subways and the occasional freight train by the crossing near my school

                                      • Kyle Comadoll
                                        Kyle Comadoll  2 weeks back

                                        Look at 7:30 there's a old southern pacific auto rack. I know I'm a bit late.

                                        • Timwi Heizmann
                                          Timwi Heizmann  2 weeks back

                                          You said that it might take an hour to walk the entire length of some of those superlong trains, and you mentioned that they’re sometimes staffed by only one person (the driver). That raises the question what happens if a problem occurs near the end of the train that forces the train to stop. Will the driver walk the entire distance to inspect the problem, and then potentially walk back to the locomotive if they managed to fix it on their own? Or do they just stop, call for help and then wait?

                                          • Trish Littlejohn
                                            Trish Littlejohn  2 weeks back

                                            where I live the trains take abt. ten seconds to pass but the gates close about a gazillion minutes before the train arrives

                                            • Oliver McGee
                                              Oliver McGee  2 weeks back

                                              You said Chicago is as Far East CSX but Chicago is as far west as CSX can go

                                              • Sven Långström
                                                Sven Långström  3 weeks back

                                                In Sweden where I live, 80% of all the tracks is electrified so the "1 gallon per ton of freight" fuel consumption is a lot less since our energy grid is based on mostly hydropower and nuclear energy
                                                Edit: But since it's electrified then you're not able to stack containers on top of each other

                                                • Riley Mannion
                                                  Riley Mannion  3 weeks back

                                                  That's the one shitty thing about Canada getting stuck behind a 4km long train that's doing 10km/ hour though the city😂

                                                  • Ishan Dey
                                                    Ishan Dey  3 weeks back

                                                    'How Freight Trains Connect the World'. More like 'How Freight Trains Connect USA'

                                                    • Trevor Bayless
                                                      Trevor Bayless  3 weeks back

                                                      Trains are more superior and will always be more superior

                                                      • Nice Try NSA
                                                        Nice Try NSA  3 weeks back

                                                        Train: moves 0.001 mph
                                                        India: super duper fast extreme high speed train

                                                        • cartman4885
                                                          cartman4885  1 months back

                                                          Nice video except for the fact that their is no driver shortage in the US because if there was we would make more and get more hours................

                                                          • devin dodson
                                                            devin dodson  1 months back

                                                            Locomotives cabs have bathrooms too and a fridge that works more like a cooler & there is freight engines that have 6,000 hp but typically you won’t see those on the rails (due to low numbers made of the models and it’s just unnecessary cause the ones with 6,000 hp are damn near the same length as two regular 4,500 hp motors together which means more maintenance and more cost over all and the more fright you have you can just put regular 4,500 hp motors together) most (damn near all) engines you see pulling the train have 4,500 hp

                                                            • SummerDxVYT
                                                              SummerDxVYT  1 months back

                                                              1:46 Why id you blue the Railroad Logo we all know what it is its BNSF Railway

                                                              • Ryan Smith
                                                                Ryan Smith  1 months back

                                                                I see Union Pacific trains all the time coming through Marion, Oh. We get over 70 trains a day coming through town with 2 sets of "double diamonds"

                                                                • Just Paul
                                                                  Just Paul  1 months back

                                                                  F in chat for BNSF in this video, copywrite's a bitch

                                                                  • Happily Ham
                                                                    Happily Ham  1 months back

                                                                    This biggest mistake my country, Canada, ever made, was getting rid of the majority of it's rail lines and putting all that cargo on the roads.

                                                                    • lonelyPorterCH
                                                                      lonelyPorterCH  1 months back

                                                                      a train thats 4.3 km long? Oh wow, thats huge :D

                                                                      • lonelyPorterCH
                                                                        lonelyPorterCH  1 months back

                                                                        Yeah, switzerland has no sea too, so we have a very dense train-net^^

                                                                        • Charles Kronberg
                                                                          Charles Kronberg  1 months back

                                                                          2:50 I spy a passenger!

                                                                          • Timmy Saavedra
                                                                            Timmy Saavedra  1 months back

                                                                            Tim I like it when I get it for free

                                                                            • RGB
                                                                              RGB  1 months back

                                                                              My dad has worked for BNSF for 20 years. It’s cool to see a video on the rail roads

                                                                              • Poppys Bench
                                                                                Poppys Bench  1 months back

                                                                                In Australia,the east/west trains have a crew car behind the locos so they change crews on the move when duty cycles occur,so there are no delays.

                                                                                • stephen heath
                                                                                  stephen heath  1 months back

                                                                                  I LOVE THE AMERICAN FREIGHT RAILROADS,THEY ARE LINK TO THE GLORIOUS INDUSTRIAL PAST

                                                                                  • Michael Gordon
                                                                                    Michael Gordon  1 months back

                                                                                    One of the Western Australian iron ore miner are automating their ore trains - no driver or guard on board

                                                                                    • John Mike
                                                                                      John Mike  2 months back

                                                                                      The RO-LA system (Rolling highway) is one the rise in Europe, where you load a truck on a train, and take it to another city, it's more cost efficient for the trucker and obviously can take the time to rest

                                                                                      • mrpetehampson
                                                                                        mrpetehampson  2 months back

                                                                                        There isn’t a driver shortage, what there is a a shortage of good paying companies that pay Us truck drivers

                                                                                        • TheNecromancer077
                                                                                          TheNecromancer077  1 months back

                                                                                          Thanks for the info

                                                                                        • mrpetehampson
                                                                                          mrpetehampson  1 months back

                                                                                          TheNecromancer077 you would probably have to work 60 to 70 hours a week for that kind of money, I’ve driven in Canada and USA, Australia for 2 years before my visa ran out and currently back in England and I’m hoping to go over to New Zealand I just need a visa to get over there

                                                                                        • TheNecromancer077
                                                                                          TheNecromancer077  2 months back

                                                                                          Didn't Walmart started paying 70K? Because of the lack or truck drivers?? If you ask me that's a lot of salary

                                                                                      • Count Ricøla
                                                                                        Count Ricøla  2 months back

                                                                                        Forgot norway

                                                                                        • Quabbelfax
                                                                                          Quabbelfax  2 months back

                                                                                          wait a second, more than 12 hours for 444 kilometers? How slow are these trains

                                                                                        • Peter Griffin
                                                                                          Peter Griffin  2 months back

                                                                                          “Wind resistance “ I bet all the engineers are triggered

                                                                                        • Ken Rhinehart
                                                                                          Ken Rhinehart  2 months back

                                                                                          Incredibly fascinating!

                                                                                          • SportDogg2008
                                                                                            SportDogg2008  2 months back

                                                                                            How about the Great Lakes!