How Freight Trains Connect the World

  • Published: 05 March 2019
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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 • 2 271

  • Silentatroman
    Silentatroman  21 hours back

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

    • N George
      N George  1 days back

      I love trains

      • Nitish Bharadwaj
        Nitish Bharadwaj  2 days back

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

        • Graham Crichton
          Graham Crichton  2 days back

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

          • Rips
            Rips  2 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  3 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  4 days back

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

                  • 58metzger
                    58metzger  4 days back

                    Thank you for using metric system

                    • Henry Windsor
                      Henry Windsor  4 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  5 days back

                          I love trains

                          • William Harp
                            William Harp  7 days back

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

                            • ARailway
                              ARailway  7 days 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  2 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 carts 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  1 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  1 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!

                                                                                          • Bandrewson P
                                                                                            Bandrewson P  2 months back

                                                                                            Lathrop is a shit hole