TRANSWAGGON delivers wagons and containers to Mercer Holz

Mercer Holz received 27 more waggons by TRANSWAGGON. They are the last part of a total order of 156 wagons. The new wagons are designed to transport chip wood in which Mercer Holz specialises. Each of them comes with three custom-designed containers on top, which fit the company’s transport profile and type of cargo. They were developed by wagon manufacturer Tatravagonka from Slovakia, while Container d.o.o from Slovenia equipped them with custom-made containers.

TRANSWAGGON is a wagon leasing company, while Mercer Holz purchases, sells and transports forestry products. It transports more than two million logs per year by rail and is considered among the largest rail logistics companies for wood in Central Europe. The two companies have been working together for more than twenty years already. The total

Optimal design

The years of cooperation between the companies resulted in a dedicated wagon and container solution. Specifically, the wagons that Mercer Holz purchased have a length of 63 feet. Consequently, they have enough space to carry three containers, 21 feet long each. In order to match with the waggons’ profile, the chip wood containers had to be enlarged, increasing their capacity by ten per cent.

Aerial view of the wagons handed over. Source: TRANSWAGGON

The new wagons and containers are ideal for transporting chip wood efficiently and in larger quantities. However, the wagons can also fit with the transport profile of timber cassettes or fixed stanchions, which also provides flexibility. In this way, Mercer Holz wants to acquire a more homogenous fleet without changing rail cars for each different shipment. “Our primary focus was to standardise our wagon fleet further and use only one type of wagon for all our shipment,” explained Wolfgang Beck, Managing Director of Mercer Holz.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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