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Film Promotes Pennsylvania RR's TrucTrain Service in the 1950s

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

The guy on the running board is there strictly for the camera, because drivers in piggyback terminals were very good at backing trailers onto flatcars. Photo: Pennsylvania Railroad/Classic Trains

June 23, 2017

Trucking is called "a great industry," and footage shows how many trailers were traveling by rail instead of on crowded highways. That's still a good idea.

Tags: Piggybacking, Intermodal, Driver Shortage

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 23, 2017 6:14 AM | » Comments(0)

Model Train Show Includes Trucks that Deliver Memories

Children and parents were amused by the fantasy worlds, and older men remembered the boyhood hours they spent “playing with trains.”

S-scale modeler Larry Robertson chats with a visitor as his freight train pauses on the tracks. Note the trailer-on-flatcar loads, an activity of progressive railroads starting in the 1950s. Photos: Tom Berg

January 20, 2016

The Greenberg Great Train & Toy Show is an annual event at the fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. On the show's layouts as in real life, trucks and trailers play an important transportation role.

Tags: Railroads, Piggybacking, Intermodal, Containers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2016 11:34 AM | » Comments(0)

Piggyback Equipment at Pennsylvania’s Toy Train Museum

Trucks, on the road or on flatcars, are often part of model railroads, as Senior Editor Tom Berg found at the Toy Train Museum.

Photos: Tom Berg

May 7, 2015

There was a time when railroads were in the motor transport business, as their parent companies recognized that freight was being grabbed by fast, flexible long-haul trucks and they might as well grab some of the revenue.

Tags: Piggybacking, Trailers, Museums

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:29 AM | » Comments(0)

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