Distri Rail new face of Rotterdam-Milan freight train
Dutch rail freight operator Distri Rail has taken over the operational representation of Hannibal, an Italy-based operator. From 1 February, Distri Rail is responsible for the rail freight service between Milan (Melzo) and the port of Rotterdam.
The container train runs seven days per week in both directions and can be extended to Antwerp, and to other destinations in Italy on the southern end. IMO goods, high cube, containers and swap bodies are accepted onboard. Traction of the service is provided by Contship, the mother company of Hannibal. ers and swap bodies accepted.
Distri Rail serves all rail terminals in the port of Rotterdam and connects the port with various hubs in the European hinterland. Daily, the company operates seven trains of each 100 TEUs to and from Duisburg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Wörth.
Milan is an important node in the European rail freight network. It is one of the main destinations for freight traffic from the Netherlands and Germany. Moreover, it has a rail freight connection to China, as rail freight transportation between Italy and China is considered very competitive.