For many, home is where the heart is.
During 2020 and into 2021, it was where the classroom, gym, office, movie theater and restaurant were.
Our homes became the hub of everyday life as millions of Americans stayed in to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Whether it was peanut butter for your child’s hundredth PB&J, a comfier chair for your makeshift office or more disinfectant wipes, here are just six ways freight railroads helped you stay safe — and sane — at home.
1. Kept You & Your Home Clean
You may not have thought of trains as you quietly sang “Happy Birthday” while washing your hands — or as you did the laundry — but they played a major role in keeping you and your home germ-free. Railroads moved the chemicals essential for cleaning supplies like hand soap, disinfectant wipes, bottles of bleach and laundry detergent, as well as for clean drinking water.
2. Stocked Cabinets
Whether you braved a new YouTube recipe or tried your hand at homemade bread, railroads had you covered. Just one rail car moves enough wheat for 258,000 loaves of bread, enough corn for 480,000 bags of Fritos or enough barley for 94,000 gallons of beer. From oatmeal to canned fruit and rice, railroads helped keep you and your family fed for the long haul.
3. Fed Fido
Our furry friends bring much-needed love during tough times. Not only do railroads deliver the food we eat, but in recent years, they have also moved an average of 835,000 tons of pet food annually. In fact, as pet adoption rates were now on the rise, railroads increased how much pet food they moved.
4. Powered Work, School…& That 5th Episode
Whether it’s a video business call, an online classroom or that nightly binge of streaming content, railroads helped keep us connected by moving the energy products that create electricity for American homes.
5. Packaged Your Packages
Do you get a little jolt of excitement when the doorbell rings to alert you of a new package? The ding-dong at your house and the distant whistle of a freight train go hand-in-hand. One railcar carries enough pulpboard to create 131,000 boxes, which help package your online shipments.
6. Delivered It All
And what’s in those packages? Everything from essential medication to clothing, toys and toilet paper. These deliveries are all made possible by freight railroads, who, together with trucks and maritime shippers, annually carry nearly 61 tons of freight per American.