Ford and Railroad Industry Team Up to Ship Transit Models

When we think about taking the train, our minds focus on short distance travel, not shipping vehicles over 500 miles from state to state. But with the help of the railroad industry, Ford has created a new way to get the Transit van to its customers. New railcars were developed, complete with accommodations that fit the different Transit roof heights. "Use of these modified railcars helps us to efficiently ship these large vehicles from our assembly plant, deliver them to our dealers and get them into the hands of our customers faster and more cost effectively," said Chris Lemmink, Ford vehicle logistics manager. The new railcars feature an elevated inner deck, while allows as many as seven medium- to high-roof Transit models to be loaded comfortably in the lower deck. And don't think that top deck is left empty. Ford is utilizing that space to carry smaller passenger cars like the Fusion. Even with the changes to the railcars, the overall height remains the same, so as not to interfere with overpasses or tunnels.
But Ford isn't relying solely on the newly-developed railcars. Transit models that don't have to travel as far were shipped through the standard method, trucks. Those models being shipped by truck will be within a 500 mile radius of the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, where the model is produced. Source: Ford