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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    BNSF train clip courtesy Scott Hiddelston

  • Runtime : 10:22
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  • igotanM16
    igotanM16   17 hours ago

    There isn't a place in India that is more than 900 statute miles from ocean...

  • Key Lime Mime
    Key Lime Mime   1 days ago


  • FlashOfLight
    FlashOfLight   5 days ago

    We need a truck freight episode, especially given the recent rash of truck company bankruptcies.

  • BossSpringsteen69
    BossSpringsteen69   1 weeks ago

    Hmmm...pretty accurate but, id have to verify that drayage comment. Id have to check if the Latrops do go to CSX crosstown.

  • Nintendo j
    Nintendo j   1 weeks ago

    You like trains or PlanesWendover : yes

  • Liam McGrath
    Liam McGrath   1 weeks ago

    Good video, but your Philly example is incorrect. Philadelphia has a large CSX Intermodal yard.

  • John W
    John W   1 weeks ago

    Let's not act like the trucking industry doesn't have it's lobbyist. They do 80% of the damage on roadways, but I don't see them paying for it.

  • ere
    ere   1 weeks ago

    Why driverless freight train is not a common thing

  • Bill Kong
    Bill Kong   1 weeks ago

    Trucks can only go where there are roads. It's only incidental there are more roads than tracks.

  • drsupremo88
    drsupremo88   2 weeks ago

    There is a freight train from London to siberia

  • jan maroto
    jan maroto   2 weeks ago

    6:44 that's my country's passenger train you can see the r of "rodalies de Catalunya", so much fun

  • Buster Beagle
    Buster Beagle   2 weeks ago

    8:37. Misinformation- There is currently not I repeat not a shortage of truck drivers in the US that is a myth

  • Stephen Powdexter
    Stephen Powdexter   3 weeks ago

    Many comments but: what's with all those crew changes in the northwest route Chicago-Seattle? It sounds like we still have some featherbedding like when railroads still had to employ fire-men when they switched from coal to diesel.

  • Joseph Cotter
    Joseph Cotter   4 weeks ago

    Please stop passing on the misinformation of a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. There isn't a shortage of truck drivers, there is a shortage of truck driver pay. The average truck driver makes between 45k-65k for 60-80 hours of work with most closer to the 45k mark. When taking into account overtime pay one would get if not driving a truck, said driver would make more money working at Walmart. Add to that truck drivers don't get any benefits usually other then self contributing plans where the companies put none of their own money into and the calculus is that it has degraded to barely over a minimum wage job. This is for an often dangerous job where one is in the case of OTR living away from home, eating unhealthy and overpriced junk food from truck stops, etc... The job is just flat out underpaid and the companies would rather churn drivers then pay a reasonable wage.

  • Duncan08
    Duncan08   1 months ago

    Got really confused when he said Glasgow. Didnt know there was one in Montana.

  • The Q
    The Q   1 months ago

    !!!!! 2:52 Most locomotives DO NOT have 6,000HP. The ones that do/did were not in service long. For various reasons. Most locomotives average from 4300-4500HP. Not upwards of 6,000. There were only three models of American diesel locomotives built that reached or exceeded 6,000hp none were built in large numbers at the rated horsepower, and only one remains in active service at that horsepower due to its historical significance since it is a twin engine unit built in the 1970s. In the 1990s there was a race set up by the large American railroads between the two major diesel-electric locomotive builders, Electromotive Diesel (EMD) and General Electric, to build a diesel locomotive that could meet or exceed 6,000HP using only one engine to reduce maintenance. Both companies had a very hard time meeting this goal due to mostly engine trouble and in the end very few of these were built. Although G.Es locomotives were used to set the worlds longest and heaviest train record. Many railroads like union pacific encountered reliability issues and also the problem that since most trains are pulled by more than one locomotive if one broke during transit the others could pick up the slack. But this does not work if you lose 6,000+hp going up a 3% grade.

  • Kj_mast_er
    Kj_mast_er   1 months ago

    Quality Stuff, you need a prize or something

  • Ed Porter
    Ed Porter   1 months ago

    Soon we will see giant batteries being hauled by freight trains.

  • hedgehog3180
    hedgehog3180   1 months ago

    I mean it would be pretty simple to fully automate freight trains, automated trains are already common in metros and high speed rail is highly automated. Not that there's really a need since it requires so few people already.

  • zazugee
    zazugee   1 months ago

    "trucks go anywhere" <-- nope, they also go where there are roadsunless you're talking about a totaly 4x4 offroad capable truck and not a semi-truck

  • Karla Hernández
    Karla Hernández   1 months ago

    I'm a logistics teacher, and this video is just awesome. Thanks so much for the illustration.

  • Rex Appleby
    Rex Appleby   1 months ago

    It's amazing how cheap and fuel efficient they are.

  • Stranger Happened
    Stranger Happened   1 months ago

    1. The largest economies are only compared by PPP GDP, not by nominal one, which is useless.2. It was strange to hear that the USA is a good example of how railway/freight systems work considering the fact that it is the most atypical among any and all countries of noticeable size.

  • J J
    J J   1 months ago

    tbh I think focusing on the US in this video is sensible. For example, things are different in Europe. With the exception of things like Amazon (which have the same issues in the US), we have a lot more demand for high speed cargo, and given that our cities are much, much closer together - time lost changing modes is easily overtaken by trucks. There is also a capacity issue as our rails are already at maximum capacity for passenger trains - and given that the cargo has to be loaded onto trucks ANYWAY, there's really not much point in sending cargo by train unless it is - as you say - low value bulk (for example coal). Additionally, cargo such as coal can be loaded directly at the mine, and unloaded directly at the customer (for example power stations), so there's efficiency gains there. Our trucking industry is also a lot more efficient than the US, in both fuel efficiency, time, and labour costs.

  • Ganesh Mantri
    Ganesh Mantri   1 months ago

    Video header: worldActual video : USA USA USA

  • Silentatroman
    Silentatroman   2 months ago

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