AlbatrossExpress expands Austrian network

ÖBB Rail Cargo Austria

Wolfurt terminal in Austria has become part of the AlbatrossExpress network. The TSA terminal, part of the ÖBB infrastructure, will serve five itineraries per week starting from 13 December. Additionally, it will connect with important container terminals across Europe, including the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.

The AlbatrossExpress train system is part of the TFG-Transfracht, a subsidiary of Deutche Bahn AG. It constitutes one of the densest train networks across European seaport-hinterland transportation and includes destinations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Wolfurt terminal

Wolfurt has a critical position next to Lake Constance, in a territory otherwise known as the ‘four-country region’. The location is next to Austria’s borders with Germany, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Since the broader area is a crossroad for transportation and logistics, Wolfurt will strengthen its position even more and will get the chance to become a transportation hub.

The upcoming collaboration will benefit both parts concerned. On the one hand, Wolfurt terminal will acquire needed connections with central European destinations-a fact that could lead in more developments and business opportunities in the future. On the other hand, TFG-Transfracht will expand its coverage in services concerning this vital area, and will thus claim a better position in the specific market.

Modal shift alignment

“The AlbatrossExpress trains replace around 600,000 truck journeys per year”, commented Dr. Renate Glisic, Business Unit Manager of TSA in ÖBB infrastructure. Consequently, the expansion of services and the connection with another terminal could contribute both in the modal shift towards rail, and the decrease of CO2 emissions.

Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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