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Advantages and Disadvantages of Rail Transport

Advantages and Disadvantages of Rail Transport


  1. Dependable:
  2. Better Organized:
  3. High Speed over Long Distances:
  4. Suitable for Bulky and Heavy Goods:
  5. Cheaper Transport:
  6. Safety:
  7. Larger Capacity:
  8. Public Welfare:
  9. Administrative Facilities of Government:


  1. Huge Capital Outlay:
  2. Lack of Flexibility:
  3. Lack of Door to Door Service:
  4. Monopoly:
  5. Unsuitable for Short Distance and Small Loads:
  6. Booking Formalities:
  7. No Rural Service:
  8. Under-utilized Capacity:
  9. Centralized Administration:

Learning Activities

You are an employ of a freight forwarding company in Nairobi and you are charged with dealing with transporting bulky cargo, you are contacted by a customer to move their 10000 tons of cereals as first as in can be possible to Nairobi. Their cargo is expected to arrive with a bulky carrier. The customer has a rail siding to his production plant.


  1. Explain to the customer how fast you intent to move his goods.
  2. Explain the full documentation the customer needs to have in place.
  3. Explain the choice of the rail carrier you will use to move the goods.
  4. Explain the parties and their roles is this transaction
  5. What are the justification for the mode of transport to move their cargo?


  1. List and explain at least five (5) rail carriers
  2. Discuss the criteria for rail transport infrastructure
  3. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of rail transport over road transport.