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Can I Ship My Car By Train?
Can I Ship My Car By Train?

Reader Questions Answered: Can I Ship My Car By Train?

Can you ship you car by train? The simple answer is “yes,” but it’s a little more complicated than that. For one, not a lot of vehicles are shipped by train anymore, especially when it comes to moving them for the general public. Vehicles that are shipped on a train are generally being delivered for commercial customers are moved in bulk.

There are occasions when there is extra space left on the transport trains to accommodate additional vehicles and that’s when it’s easiest to find a spot on a train. Some services, such as AmTrak do over vehicle transport services as well, though there are limitations as to the size and types of vehicles they can ship.

If you do decide to ship a car by train, it’s important to remember that you’ll be limited in terms of your destination city. While the U.S. still has a healthy railroad infrastructure in place, there are not a lot of railway stops and junctions outside of major cities. Because this is the case, you may have to arrange shipment to the nearest major city, rather than your final destination, when shipping by rail.

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Advantages Of Shipping A Car By Trains

As with any type of service option, there are advantages and disadvantages to having a vehicle shipped on a train. In the section above, we outlined one of the primary drawbacks of car transport by train: there are limited routes. That means you’ll have to have your car first delivered (or driven) to the train depot and then from the drop-off point to the final destination.

However, there are also some advantages. For one, the cost is comparable to standard methods of car transport, if not less in some cases. Especially if you’re taking the train yourself and have some luggage with you, it can make a lot of sense to bundle that all into one ticket for the savings.

In addition to being relatively affordable, transporting a vehicle by rail is also a very efficient method of transport in environmental terms. It emits less harmful waste than is caused by typical transport vehicles and, as a result, contributes far less to the environmental footprint caused by the transport industry than other sectors.

Most, if not all, cars shipped in the U.S. are covered during transport. There may be the occasional “open air” transport train, but they are very few and far between. What this means for you is that your vehicle will be protected from sun, rain, dirt, dust, snow, and any other weather elements that could damage it.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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