Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2005.
Domestic 53 Foot Containers Doublestacked
In the United States, the domestic 53 foot container is widely used.
It represents that largest size a standard truck is authorized to carry
on roadways, namely the Interstate. Therefore, it is the largest road
transportation unit in most of North America (road trains of two
trailers can be used in some states and Canadian provinces). The containers on the
above photo belong to J.B.
Hunt, one of the largest road carrier in the United States, and are
arriving at the Corwith railyard in Chicago. It represents an eloquent
example of intermodal integration as both modes focus on the haulage
distances that are the most suitable for; long hauls for rail and
short "last mile" hauls for trucks.
The rail cars (well cars) in which these domestic containers are been carried on have been
designed to handle a wide variety of container sizes, including two 20 footers,
40 footers, 48 footers and 53 footers (as depicted above). The well
cars are owned by TTX, which
is a corporation specializing in leasing intermodal rail equipment
to the major rail carriers in North America.