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Renegade's Comment
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Great info on this post. The Shiva, I had been told that intermodal makes pretty good money and has good home time so it really sparked my interest. Thanks for that heads up G-Town. Rainy D, 2 major rail lines run right through my city. JakeBreak, I see your point but it's going to be hard to avoid those 4 wheelers anywhere we go.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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One other suggestion; other than UPS; JB Hunt and Schneider are "one" and "two" for moving Domestic loads via rail. Just a data point, as you consider your future employer. Others big Domestic players to consider in this space: CR England, Marten, Swift, FFE, and Prime. Go track side and you'll see the frequency of these companies on the rail in any intermodal train.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Renegade's Comment
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G-Town, I've also been told that KLLM has a decent intermodal division but is limited to the most experienced drivers because they are primarily a reefer company. They also have a driving academy here in Jackson that would guarantee me a job with them after completion but based on some of the stuff Brett has written about reefer, I'm not sure that's the division I want to be in.

One other suggestion; other than UPS; JB Hunt and Schneider are "one" and "two" for moving Domestic loads via rail. Just a data point, as you consider your future employer. Others big Domestic players to consider in this space: CR England, Marten, Swift, FFE, and Prime. Go track side and you'll see the frequency of these companies on the rail in any intermodal train.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Renegade's Comment
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Not saying that Brett has said anything that would make anybody not want to drive reefer. What I'm saying is that he explained that sometimes those grocery store employees like to mess with drivers and make them wait unnecessarily just to be jerks and I don't know if that would suit my interests as well. That's what I meant to say.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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G-Town, I've also been told that KLLM has a decent intermodal division but is limited to the most experienced drivers because they are primarily a reefer company. They also have a driving academy here in Jackson that would guarantee me a job with them after completion but based on some of the stuff Brett has written about reefer, I'm not sure that's the division I want to be in.

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One other suggestion; other than UPS; JB Hunt and Schneider are "one" and "two" for moving Domestic loads via rail. Just a data point, as you consider your future employer. Others big Domestic players to consider in this space: CR England, Marten, Swift, FFE, and Prime. Go track side and you'll see the frequency of these companies on the rail in any intermodal train.

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I left off KLLM, no particular reason just that I do not see them as often.

There is a lot of TOFC/COFC/CIWC rail that is perishable. Even Hunt and Schneider move reefer in specialized refrigerated containers (especially Hunt). Remember you are only performing the Dray move, so the typical issues of OTR dwell time at the shipper or receiver many times does not exist. I worked intermodal for a couple of weeks and found that 98% is drop and hook or in some cases just a drop and you return to the intermodal yard for your next trailer. You biggest issue is waiting for a late train and/your trailer to be unloaded from the train.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Renegade's Comment
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Man...there's some good info on this website....and some good people too.

G-Town's Comment
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Not saying that Brett has said anything that would make anybody not want to drive reefer. What I'm saying is that he explained that sometimes those grocery store employees like to mess with drivers and make them wait unnecessarily just to be jerks and I don't know if that would suit my interests as well. That's what I meant to say.

What Brett said is true. It's highly unlikely you will be delivering direct to a retail establishment unless it's a Costco, SAM's or the like. Cannot claim to know anything about Costco, but with SAM's they usually move fast, once docked can unload a 22 pallet reefer load in under 30 minutes. Most of the time you will be going to a Distribution Center with an intermodal reefer load.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy 's Comment
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I never saw a difference driving the trailers but they are heavier than the norm and thus hold less freight weight.

One question I would have would be about security and background checks. When we eneteres the drop yard my trainer had to lunch in a bunch of numbers and put a thumb on the plate to get in. I'm wondering if the background checks would be more stringent or are we all eligible as TWIC holders?

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Shiva's Comment
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JB Hunt owns their own equipment and maintains the equipment pretty good. JB Hunt is also number 1 in Intermodal. That's no bs statement either look it up. I'm a company driver, so I have no idea what the ops and lease op make. Not to brag but I have never gotten a check less than 1k, except for training week in local

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

G-Town's Comment
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JB Hunt owns their own equipment and maintains the equipment pretty good. JB Hunt is also number 1 in Intermodal. That's no bs statement either look it up. I'm a company driver, so I have no idea what the ops and lease op make. Not to brag but I have never gotten a check less than 1k, except for training week in local

JB Hunt is the number one TL carrier in intermodal loadings.

Overall though, UPS is number one.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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