Home Sweet Home: Brought to You by Rail

A room-by-room tour of household goods shipped by rail

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Many of the items that make a house a home ship by rail.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, most people have been spending a lot more time at home these days. In this “temporary normal,” we may be a little more grateful for our homes and the safety they provide. While we’re showing gratitude for our homes, we might consider showing some love for the railroad, too. That’s because many of the items that make a house a home (or the materials used to make them) are shipped by rail. Here’s a room-by-room tour of things you probably have in your very own home that ride the rails -- and don't miss the full list of items below!

Living Room

HSH Living Room
  • Furniture to relax on, like your comfy sofa or arm chair
  • Televisions to binge watch TV shows and movies
  • Paper for the books and magazines you kick back with
  • Other electronics, like your home stereo and DVD player
  • Toys to keep little ones entertained
  • Décor to show your style
  • Carpeting and rugs to keep your toes cozy
  • Lamps to light when the sun goes down
  • Supplies for hobbies, like paint and paper for arts and crafts
  • Baskets and containers to keep things organized
  • Glass for the front window from which you watch the world


HSH Kitchen
  • Cleaners and disinfecting wipes kept under the sink
  • Paper towels
  • Appliances, like refrigerators, microwaves and ovens
  • Silverware
  • Dishes (whether made from melamine, ceramics or paper)
  • Furniture, like your dining table and chairs
  • Beer, meat, dairy, butter and other foods in your fridge


  • Canned goods
  • Basics, like sugar, flour, rice and other grains
  • Bread
  • Corn for chips
  • Oatmeal
  • Pet food
  • Wine and spirits
  • Chocolate


HSH Office
  • Furniture like your desk and desk chair
  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • Plastics to make computer parts
  • Paper for calendars
  • Pens, pencils, paper


  • Beds
  • Pajamas
  • Pillows
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Shoes and clothing
  • Stuffed animals for kids to hold tight at night


HSH Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Soda ash used for hand soap
  • Medications
  • Cotton to make bath and hand towels
  • Metal for your shower caddy
  • Ingredients to make shampoos and conditioners and plastics to make the bottles
  • Tile for the floor or shower

Laundry Room

  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry baskets
  • The washer and dryer


HSH Backyard
  • Lumber for your deck
  • Bricks or cement for your patio
  • Patio furniture
  • Metal or stone for your fire pit
  • Propane to power your grill
  • Fertilizer to keep your yard green
  • Mulch for your flowerbeds


  • Paint, wood, tools and nails for hobbies and home improvement
  • Metal for ladders
  • Plastics for hoses
  • Power tools like drills, saws and sanders
  • Cars, for when you eventually do leave the house

That's Not All

HSH House

Don’t forget the materials to build your home itself, like bricks, metal and lumber, the concrete for the foundation, as well as the energy products used to create electricity that powers your appliances, keeps your phone charged and helps keep temperatures comfortable.

As you spend time at home, railroads will continue to deliver the goods that keep you safe and comfortable while you’re there.

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