One of the general trends in intermodal rail has been ever-increasing complexity and economies of scale. Perhaps the most extreme example is the CSX Northwest Ohio intermodal hub, in which no less than seven gargantuan rail-mounted gantry cranes, each spanning the length of a football field, are used to fly containers from one car to another, serving for containers the same function that an airline hub does for passengers. This shot was taken from the westernmost of the cranes, over 100' in the air. The terminal is relatively quiet because I visited on Tuesday, the slowest day of the week.
June 2015, North Baltimore, OH.
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