Freight trains between Austria and Italy run steadily
Freight trains between Austria and Italy run as usual in spite of cancellations of passenger connections due to the coronavirus. Rail Cargo Group, the freight operator of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), provides its services according to schedule. The company is ready to increase the number and capacity of its freight trains to Italy if necessary.
“All freight trains run without restrictions according to the timetable. Depending on customer demand, capacity for intermodal and conventional goods transport by rail from/to Italy can be increased at any time,” the Austrian company stated. According to Rail Cargo Group (RCG), its warehouses in Italy, in Desio and Santo Stino Livenza, also work as usual. At the same time, RCG takes all the possible measures to protect the health of its 8,500 employees.
Trains to Italy
RCG offers four types of freight train connections to Italy. Within the TransFER Maritime network, the company operates freight trains to the Italian seaport of Trieste from several locations in Austria (Salzburg, Villach, Wels, Vienna, Linz, Graz) as well as from Munich in Germany. The second type of trains belongs to the TransFER Continental services devoted to connecting the various economic centres in Europe. RCG provides two TransFER Continental trains: from Verona (Italy) to Lübeck (Germany) and from Vienna to Melzo (Italy).
Another type of connection is TransFER Conventional, dedicated to the delivery of conventional freight including dangerous goods. Within this network, there are several trains to Italy. All of them depart from Villach and run to S.Giorgio Di Nogaro, S. Stino, Desio, Lugo, Maddaloni, Pescara and Bicocca. The remaining type is the ROLA (the Rolling Road or ‘Rollende Landstraße’ in German) trains, that provide piggyback service for carrying articulated lorries on special flat wagons. RCG has one ROLA connection between Austria and Italy: from Wörgl to Trento.