On Flat Car (TOFC) has been in service since the
1940s when it was originally developed to load truck trailers
onto flat cars to streamline service and minimize transferring
cargo from boxcars to trailers. In the early 1980s, after the
railroads were deregulated, TOFC service exploded in North
America. The railroads ability to adjust haul rates to be
competitive with trucking meant new revenue in areas that the
railroads werent able to successfully compete before.