GATX’s LNG tank containers bring gas where pipelines stop

Photo: Trifleet containers. Trifleet

GATX Rail Europe and Trifleet are collaborating to provide their customers with an effective solution to transport liquified natural gas (LNG) on rail. GATX will make available its rail wagons, while Trifleet will supply its intermodal tank containers suitable for LNG. This service is expected to offer a valid alternative to transport LNG where there are no pipeline connections. As GATX stated, the service will allow the transport of up to approx. 750 tons of LNG per block train.

According to the spokesperson, this solution is much cheaper than building new, dedicated LNG railway wagons. Moreover, with this approach, it is possible to scale up and transport high volumes of LNG. The importance of this new offer lies in the increasing demand for LNG throughout Europe.

An alternative to pipelines

As a spokesperson from Trifleet told, the wagons and containers are suitable for any rail track throughout Europe. This will facilitate deliveries and access to LNG in locations that harder to reach.

The preferred way of moving LNG is through pipelines. However, there is a significant amount of locations out of reach for the pipelines for which LNG demand is increasing. This new service will therefore make it possible to deliver LNG even where there is no grid connection.

GATX and Trifleet

GATX Rail Europe is a leading, full-service railcar lessor. The company has strategically located office across Europe, including Austria, Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. GATX Rail Europe can count on over 27,500 intermodal, freight, and tank railcars. Trifleet Leasing is a global Top 5 tank container leasing company with offices in Europe, Asia, and North America. They became part of the GATX Corporation two years ago.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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