I was reading some old posts and someone was talking about mahogany. It
reminded me of some time I spent living in Thailand and working in a
factory there. I was amazed/damn jealous of the wood they used for
shipping pallets/skids. They consider mahogany and teak as utility
grade woods. I was thinking..... 'If only my luggage was 8' long, what
I could bring back'. I know we can get these species here, but the
great patterns looked quite unique. Maybe it's worth having a container
shipped back, it's around $2000 to have a container the size of a
freight train shipped by boat. Now, only if my garage was big enough to
Furthermore, a standard sea shipping container is 20' long.
A normal U.S. freight car is 80' long. sometimes 100'.
It's *very*rare* to see a freight longer than about 11,500' ft.
Lots of rail 'passing sidings' are less than 5,000 ft, which encourages
dispatching to keep trains under about 4500 ft.
I'd say most of them are 40'. You don't see that many 20 footers going by
I haven't done any railfanning in a long time, but I'd say those 80' hi-cube
deals are still a minority on local rails. 50' boxcars are more common.
Most hoppers and gondolas are about 50', unless things have changed
dramatically in the last three years.
OK, then I'll change it to "several kilometers" long. :)
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