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Car Vs. Train: What’s Best For Your Delivery Needs?

Delivering goods from one point to another can be a difficult task but with the added pressure of fulfilling client needs within a strict deadline, the need for supply chain services becomes ever more apparent. That’s why some companies prefer to engage the services of a shipping company to handle materials and transport. However, if you’ll be handling the logistics yourself, here are a few thoughts.

Local movement of goods is normally through car or by train. International movement of goods can be by ship or long-distance trains. However, as freight services for small businesses normally require local transports only, we will be discussing the difference between deliveries by car and deliveries by train.

Ease of Delivery

Transporting goods by car has its benefits. A car can make deliveries from door to door. It can traverse city streets, go on back roads, make detours, and take alternative routes. Delivery by car has a more personalized feel to it. If you are transporting valuables, delivery by car is the more sensible option as the carrier can personally guarantee the safety of the package. Delivery by car also enables the carrier to take multiple deliveries in one trip. A delivery route can be created where different goods are dropped off to their receivers along the way.

Delivery by train is applicable for delivering bulky items or when delivering a large quantity of goods. It also makes more sense to deliver by train if you will be delivering across long distances. The country’s rail infrastructure enables businesses to ship to anywhere across the country in as little time as possible. However, local deliveries in the city can be better handled by car deliveries. Trains in the city carry commuters only. It might even be more difficult to transport goods by train.

In answering the question of which is better in making deliveries, the answer is “it depends.” Depending on the particular circumstances of each delivery need, it can be more reasonable and feasible to ship by car, or by train. There is no one definite answer to the question. However, there are other factors to be considered.


Delivery by train can be more cost effective when delivering to long distance locations. However, if you will only be delivering nearby, delivery by car can be the more efficient option. Costs are lower in train deliveries because the fuel costs are divided between more people, while in car deliveries, fuel costs and labor costs will be shouldered by one shipper only, or a few shippers. Hence, it can be more expensive.

Environmentally efficient

Transportation by train is more environmentally friendly than car deliveries. For conscientious businesses, the more sensible option is via train deliveries. Trains run by electricity do not emit CO2 in the atmosphere. It does not contribute to air pollution and has no lasting effect to the climate. Cars, on the other hand, are the leading cause of CO2 emissions and air pollution. They can transport a limited number of people and a limited number of goods so they may have to take more than two trips when making deliveries by bulk. To compare, trains carry hundreds of people at any given time, lessening the need to take more trips for one delivery job.

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