Double stack train vs container truck vehicles
In the past, the East African region greatly relied on the Container Truck vehicles to transport goods from Mombasa across to regional markets. This is about to change with the introduction of Standard Gauge Railway in East Africa, goods will be transported by double stack trains. Double stack trains are modern cargo trains that carry two layers of containers on top of the other and are capable of moving more than one hundred containers at a time.
Well as, Container truck transportation is common throughout Africa as a means of moving goods from one place to another, where one truck vehicle is capable of moving one to two containers at a time.
Comparison between container truck vehicle and double stack container
Container truck vehicles stuck in the traffic jam along Mombasa road as they depart from Mombasa port.
An example of a double stack train carrying a huge number of containers on a free line
Benefits of double stack trains
When a customer has a huge volume of freight to move between two points, using trains offer traffic and environmental benefits over trucks. With double-stack trains, these benefits are even greater.
With the container boxes stacked two-high, a double-stack train can potentially double the capacity in a train run. This effectively allows the company to move boxes out of the port area at a faster velocity in each train run, thereby easing congestion.
In fact, it also frees up the highways for trucks to move cargoes into other locations not served by rail or that do not have sufficient capacity or distance to justify rail movement. The use of double-stack trains also allows fewer train trips which mean a reduction in fuel and emission levels.
Double-stack trains run regularly over an intricate rail network providing time-predictable and efficient connectivity between the coastal terminals, manufacturing and consumption centres inland, the official said.
Some disadvantages of container truck service are:
- It is greatly affected by traffic jam due to congestion and narrow roads
- It is more expensive for long hauls than some competing modes of transit.
- It is too expensive for many low-grade and bulk commodities in intercity service.
- It is limited somewhat as to what it can carry by the size of the vehicles used and by size and weight restrictions imposed by states.
- It is affected by weather and road conditions
Would this approach of Double stack trains reduce; the traffic jam, road damage and road accidents caused by the container truck vehicles?