ÖBB Rail Cargo Austria, photo: David Payr

Rail Cargo Group starts new freight connection Austria-Italy

Rail Cargo Group (RCG) has further expanded its rail freight network. Last month, the carrier started operating the new container service from Vienna in Austria to Piadena in Italy. The service also offers a good connection to Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.

The first container train has departed from Vienna on September 27th. The new route run via stations of Semmering, Tarvisio, Udine and Padova. Rail Cargo Group composes the wagonset of 6 90-feet and 13 60-feet railway platforms. “At the moment we have loaded on the train 45′ swap bodies, 30′ Agrotainer and 30′ Silocontainer,” RCG explained.

The new service is set up by RCG together with several logistics partners. “The main part of the share was taken over by Nothegger and the rest by different customers like Bertschi, Cervinka, VTG and Schmidt Heilbronn,” the company reported to RailFreight.

From road to rail

The Austrian railway company launched the new service to shift more cargo from road to rail. The most of the route run is passing through a mountainous area. RCG expects that the container train can successfully replace trucks on this route. “This non-stop connection not only enables the networking of important economic regions, but also creates ideal logistics solutions for continental transport units, which are of particular interest to customers in the tank container and trailer sector. The connection is ideal for the transition from road to rail”, the carrier reported.

The terminus in Italy is the Piadena terminal that is also suitable for reloading containers to trucks and for transporting them to large cities. “The reason why we chose Piadena is the location in the direct sphere of influence of Verona and Milan. The advantage of Piadena is that it is therefore flexible and does not have to deal with the disturbances if you start directly from Verona or Milan. The terminal of Piadena is very flexible in the handling of trains and has a large share of the successful start”, RCG explained.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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