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Boyd Intermodal, Raildecks partner on flatbed innovation

The product is an open top flatbed unit that is transported over short distances via highway, on a chassis. Once inside an intermodal yard, the flatbed unit is lifted onto intermodal trains for safe and secure transport to an intermodal hub where it is loaded onto a chassis and drayed to the final consignee. (Boyd Bros. Transportation photo)

The Trucker News Services

2/29/2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Boyd Bros. Transportation on Tuesday introduced its Boyd Intermodal Raildeck product, billed as the latest intermodal innovation for industrial shippers across the United States.

The system — employed by Boyd Intermodal in conjunction with Raildecks Intermodal and BNSF Railway — is designed to convert flatbed industrial cargo from over-the-road to intermodal rail in a safe and secure process.

“With the development of this product, the flatbed transportation and logistics industry is reaching a milestone,” said Richard Bailey, president of Boyd Bros. Transportation. “This new product provides a means of transporting flatbed products over intermodal rail routes nationwide, which until now wasn’t possible. This is a game-changer for our industry.”

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Flatbed shippers have been unable to take advantage of the efficiency offered by intermodal stack train service, but with Boyd Intermodal Raildecks flatbed shippers can now use intermodal rail service to move their product over longer distances without traveling the nation’s interstate highway system, the company said.

The product is an open top flatbed unit that is transported over short distances via highway, on a chassis. Once inside an intermodal yard, the flatbed unit is lifted onto intermodal trains for safe and secure transport to an intermodal hub where it is loaded onto a chassis and drayed to the final consignee.

“By placing Boyd Intermodal Raildecks into service, we’re contributing to less traffic and stress on our interstates, sustaining a smaller carbon footprint, and supporting safety initiatives with less driver fatigue,” said Chris Cooper, chief operations officer for Boyd Bros. Transportation. “Before this product, most of the heaviest bulk loads of steel and other metals had to travel over the highways. Now, flatbed trailer loads will be accepted on the rail system.”

Boyd Intermodal worked in conjunction with Raildecks Intermodal and industry leaders like BNSF to create the system.

“Raildecks was looking to partner with an innovative flatbed motor carrier that put safety first, we found it with Boyd Bros.,” said Rick Jocson, chief executive officer for Raildecks Intermodal. “Partnering with Boyd ensured that best industry practices would be followed. The vision of their leadership team, experience and professionalism was instrumental in bringing the Raildeck solution to market.”

BNSF anticipates the innovation will have a positive impact on the intermodal landscape.

“BNSF is pleased to have teamed with Boyd Brothers to help develop the Raildecks intermodal solution. We thank them for their professionalism and commitment to making safety a top priority during the pilot program over the last two years,” said Steve Branscum, BNSF group vice president, Consumer Products. “We look forward to working closely with all those involved in this project to introduce this new and innovative transportation solution to the market.”

For more information on Boyd Intermodal visit www.boydbros.com. To see a demonstration of the Boyd Intermodal Raildeck in action visit You Tube.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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