Photo: CSX If you’re loco for trains, you may think you know it all. But do you know how freight trains move cargo from point A to B? Take the quiz and learn a ton. START THE QUIZ Question 1 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: CSX How many times would America’s freight rail network, laid end-to-end, wrap around the Earth? America’s freight rail network, which moves more freight than any other network in the world, consists of 140,000 rail miles. (Earth’s circumference is 24,901 miles.) 1 2 5 NEXT QUESTION Question 2 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: Mindaugass/Shutterstock Approximately how many miles can a CSX freight train carrying 1 ton of freight travel on 1 gallon of fuel? Moving freight by rail is four times more fuel efficient than moving it on the highway. CSX uses advanced technology to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. For example, Auxiliary Power Units allow the larger diesel engine to be shut down during idling, and Automated Engine Start Stop shuts down the locomotive when not in use and starts it again when needed. 105 260 470 NEXT QUESTION Question 3 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: Designua/Shutterstock What does ultrasound technology have to do with freight trains? The rail industry uses ultrasound technology, similar to what’s used in medicine, to “see through” the rail and inspect it for cracks. The equipment is installed on the underside of inspection vehicles that are driven down the tracks. Freight trains can ship ultrasound equipment Freight railroads use ultrasound technology to check rails for microscopic cracks Both of the above NEXT QUESTION Question 4 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: CSX A typical CSX freight train can move as much cargo as how many tractor-trailer trucks? One train trip could eliminate 280 truck trips. CSX’s Highway-to-Rail conversion program converted 51,279 loads from highway transportation to rail in 2015 and more than 200,000 loads since the program’s start in 2013. 280 225 150 NEXT QUESTION Question 5 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: style-photography/Shutterstock What is an open-top hopper? Open-top hoppers are cars used for transporting bulk commodities, such as gravel, coal and scrap metal, that are impervious to bad weather. The bottom section consists of divided hoppers (three or four compartments) with gates or doors. Some open-tops are equipped with rotary couplers, which allow the car to be turned over for rapid unloading. An outdoor sock hop A type of popcorn maker A type of rail car A strap-on shoe that facilitates jumping NEXT QUESTION Question 6 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: CSX True or false: The U.S. government owns all railway tracks. The U.S.’s rail infrastructure system, including tracks and many freight bridges, are privately owned. CSX owns 21,000 miles of track across 23 states and two Canadian provinces. Rail companies are also responsible for maintaining and improving their own tracks. CSX has invested $600 million in infrastructure over the past 5 years. True False NEXT QUESTION Question 7 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: CSX Each person in the U.S. requires the movement of how much freight every year? What’s transported on freight railroads? Practically everything. More than 90 percent of freight consists of bulk commodities, such as agriculture products, cars, construction materials, coal, metals, minerals, paper and pulp. Consumer goods are also frequently moved in containers by a method called “intermodal,” which means there are two modes of transportation involved, such as a train and a truck. 1,500 pounds 80,000 pounds 22,000 pounds NEXT QUESTION Question 8 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: CSX The train version of an automatic braking system is known as: Positive Train Control is set of cutting-edge technologies designed to automatically stop a train before certain accidents occur, including train-to-train collisions and derailments caused by excessive speed. PTC can also prevent a train from moving onto sections of track where maintenance is taking place or moving through a track switch left in the wrong position. Positive Train Control (PTC) Train ABS (TABS) Freight Train Arrester (FTA) NEXT QUESTION Question 9 of 9 Score: 0 Photo: ohenze/Shutterstock Moving freight by rail instead of truck lowers greenhouse gas emissions by what percent? Railroads are the most environmentally friendly way to move freight across land. The EPA estimates that moving freight by rail instead of highway lowers greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent. CSX has created an online Carbon Calculator to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions savings of specific rail shipments. About 75 About 40 About 20 GET YOUR SCORE You scored out of 9 Photo: CSX TRY AGAIN Try your knowledge on these other quizzes. A 'bough' to tree- and forest-themed college mascots How much do you know about whale sharks? Can You Identify These Aquatic Creatures?