Cargo coaches

Cargo coaches
I did say in my previous post that diesel trains pull many (many) coaches. Although the train whizzed past I swear that I'd have had enough time to finish a tall cup of coffee while it passed by.

According to, 87% of freight is transported by road whereas the remainder is the small percentage transported by rail. The interesting thing is that rail transport is apparently between 30% and 50% cheaper than transport by road!

I wonder why more people don't make use of rail transport. Could it be because not enough of the country is covered by heavy-duty railway lines, or could it be because of logistical problems with freight rail?

4 thoughts on “Cargo coaches

  1. Ali

    Same here in Germany. A news I found in the web says that about 17 per cent of freight were transported by train in 2007. I Think one of the big challenges is of logistic nature. In my opinion, it’s easier to drive to a company bei truck then to build a railway to that company. And what do one with the railway, if a company become bankrupt or the Deutsche Bahn (in your case the SA transport company) says that it wouldn’t have anymore the capacity to maintain this part of infrastructure?

    BTW: Up to now, it’s the best train photo, I’ve seen in your blog. =)

  2. Paul

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    Yeah, I think you’re right Ali. It’s possible also that much of the long haul is done using rail, but then that the road stats go up because the cargo has to be transported to the end destination – which I guess isn’t the train station. :)

    Thanks for the compliment – I had a tough time choosing between two similar photos. The other was similar, but in colour. So, yeah, I’m glad that you like this one.

  3. Miriam

    Wonderful picture. It evokes the emotion of looking back into the past and wondering what storm from our past will rush into our present. But the lesson is that we just have to stand still on our present platform because this too shall pass.

  4. Paul

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    Thanks for your interpretation Miriam – you’re right, it does evoke emotion. One could also say that it represents life’s troubles that rush past you if you stay standing on solid ground. :) The more I look at the pic, the more I like it.

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