What to expect from the RailFreight Networking Days?

Trailer traffic through Denmark, rising container prices on the New Silk Road, digital coupling and more capacity for freight. They all have in common that they are shaping the rail freight industry in 2021. Moreover, they are all topics discussed during the RailFreight Networking Days next week.

On Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 June the RailFreight Networking Days are taking place. As the name suggests, the main focus of this event lies on networking. However, the latest developments of the rail freight industry will be discussed in four content sessions.

Watch it in video

You can watch a short explanation on what to expect in the video below. The article continues below the video.

Practice on the ground

Operational developments are the first to be discussed. Intermodal traffic to Sweden has made the news many times, due to restrictions in Denmark but also because of its great potential as a destination. Henk van Dieren from Skanerail will share the latest updates. Dimitrij Hasenkamp from DB Cargo does the same for traffic on the New Silk Road. Remon Veer from LTE will update the industry on its trials running longer freight trains between the Netherlands and Germany.

This event is also the start of a new category in our repertoire: the CEO Talks. In the atmosphere of a relaxing environment (meaning not the office), our journalists talk to the CEO’s of the industry, not about their latest product but about their vision, their working routine and what keeps them going. The first of CEO’s to be featured is Michail Stahlut from Hupac. Interviewed by the banks of the Rhine River in the Netherlands, we see the man behind the businessman.

The forwarders and logistics providers

If there is anyone who knows all about the latest ins and outs of the rail freight industry, it is the forwarder, and the logistics provider. Being a crucial link between customer and provider, these experts know best how the supply chain operates.

In the second session of day 1, we hear from some of these forwarders and logistics providers about the latest developments in the rail freight industry. Osman Akdemir talks about his company Rail-Flow, which simplifies accessibility to rail. T.H.I, a pioneering forwarder in Eurasian Corridor, will share the latest development and future vision of the New Silk Road.

Supply Chain management

On the second day, we zoom out and look at the supply chain at large. Container prices have fluctuated in the last year due to unprecedented events. Onno de Jong from Ecorys gives an overview of these changes. The level playing field of rail versus road remains a topic to be discussed, and will be presented by Akos Ersek from the UIRR.

Currently, the rail freight industry enjoys discounts and waivers to access rail infrastructure. What will happen to the COVID discounts for rail when the pandemic is over? Can we transition to a new normal without hurdles? Dominik Huebler from NERA Consulting and Conor Feighan from ERFA debate this relevant matter.

Infrastructure and technology

Of course, we cannot describe change without delving into new technologies. Digital automatic coupling has been one of the core developments this year, and will be explained by Clemens Först, CEO of RailCargoGroup. CEO and founder of CargoBeamer Hans-Jürgen Weidemann will elaborate on the technology that enables the loading of non-cranable trailers on rails.

The Rhine-Alpine corridor is the most heavily used freight route on the continent. However, many voices insist that there is still space for improvement in the corridor that can play a central role in modal shift and environmental objectives. Guus de Mol from the corridor explains how it can reach its full potential. This last session will be concluded with a discussion about the capacity allocation of freight trains, now that passenger trains are returning to the network.


As mentioned, the key focus of this event is networking, and this is what will be done throughout the event: in between the sessions, afterwards and even before we start. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet potential new partners through matchmaking, one-on-one video meetings, break-out rooms and chat functions.

With the motto, Get Connected! we call on rail freight professionals to gather and join us in this online, free-of-charge event. Registration can be done here. You can already complete your profile and start making appointments now.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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