How well do you know the intermodal industry and its lingo?
Q1 – What is a circus ramp?
Q2 – What (or who) is a sleeper?
Q3 – Driving a reefer means what?
Here are the definitions as provided by our friends at IANA in their glossary.
Answer 1: Circus Ramp
A ramp at the end of a rail track that allows a truck to back a trailer onto the flatcar. This was common in the early days of intermodal and is no longer a common practice as modern lift equipment is a more efficient way to load trailers and containers on railcars.
Answer 2: Sleeper
It is NOT someone who is asleep at the wheel! It is a cabin of a larger semi-truck equipped with living quarters so a driver may sleep in the vehicle during long-haul trips or when mandated by Hours of Service regulations.
Answer 3: Driving a Reefer
Don’t get excited. Reefer is slang for a refrigerated container or trailer used for the transport of temperature or climate sensitive cargo like meat, fruit, vegetables, dairy products, chemicals or pharmaceuticals.
So if you are taking a nap with a refrigerated trailer while parked at an old-school rail yard, does that mean you are a reefer sleeper at a circus ramp?
DrayQuiz is brought to you by DrayMaster… The industry’s leading automated online drayage quote tool. If you are a 3PL, Freight Forwarder or broker…register so see a demo here, truckers register to see a demo here.