[FoRK] The World Is Not Flat

Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Wed Jan 20 12:51:49 PST 2010


--- On Wed, 1/20/10, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> Aaron Burt wrote:
> > ...
> > I still believe there is a significant opportunity for someone with the
> > right knowlege and contacts in the rail networks to offer fractional-
> > container shipping to compete with LTL shipping at the slow/cheap end of
> > the market. 
> 
> What are probably needed are technologies to make loading
> and offloading fast, automated, and nearly free energy
> wise.  For instance, imagine a train / trucking
> transfer point where the train never stops or even slows
> down much.  

I seen that stuff in the Westerns when I was a kid back in the 50's. Train would just blow through town and grab the sack of outbound mail off a pole and toss out the inbound one without slowing down at all. It never did catch on. Maybe it was a little ahead of its time?  ;-)

        ...ken...


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