RCG’s Austria-Germany train makes detour to Scandinavia

ÖBB’s subsidiary Rail Cargo Group has launched a new wagonload connection between Austria and Sweden. As part of the existing TransFER Linz-Duisburg-Wels, a train now also departs towards Malmö twice a week since the beginning of the year.

Cargo destined for Scandinavia is consolidated in Rheinkamp (near Duisburg) in Germany to be loaded on the train to Malmö. From here, further distribution throughout Scandinavia takes place. Freight volumes from other destinations in Europe can also be loaded on the train in Rheinkamp, Rail Cargo Group (RCG) says.

As part of the operational consolidation of the connections, the previously weekly round trips between Linz and Rheinkamp (near Duisburg) and to Wels will be increased from five to six, of which two a week are from Rheinkamp to Malmö and back. Transports to and from the Vienna central marshalling yard are still possible with TransFER combinations.

TransFER and TransNET

The RCG has dubbed its connections TransFERs, and it currently operates around 60 of them. The transport units vary from entire wagonloads to intermodal transport. In addition, it offers customised solutions from the first to the last mile.

Recently, RCG launched the user interface TransNET, a digital map where customers can find their desired connection. After selecting the relevant route, it is displayed on the map and shows which services are offered at the selected locations. It also launched a digital gateway called SmartLINK, from where all digital services can be accessed.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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