Czech Republic-Wilhelmshaven is RCG’s latest network addition

ÖBB RCG. © ÖBB David Payr.

ÖBB Rail Cargo Group is getting back to the rail freight connections game stronger. The Austria-based company added a new end-to-end service in its TransFER network linking Melnik in the Czech Republic with Wilhelmshaven in Germany. This will be a service connecting Central Europe with a German seaport, but also an umbrella connection providing access to multiple other routes.

The new service will start operations anytime during July, confirmed RCG. It will run between Melnik and Wilhelmshaven, passing also via terminals in Mělník and Děčín in Czechia and Maschen and Huden in Germany before reaching the North Sea. Moreover, the service will provide antenna connections with other routes since cargo can continue to different destinations after stopping at one of the terminals en route.

Regarding the service’s specifics, “the train leaves Germany for the Czech Republic every Monday and returns every Tuesday,” explained RCG.

“Let’s play”

RCG has one of the most extensive rail freight networks in Europe, also extending to the Silk Road. Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe is the company’s main hub since expanding in these regions makes it easier to access Eastern and Asian routes. On top of that, accessing the Benelux and North Sea ports is quite convenient via these regions. The latest Czechia-Wilhelmshaven link proves that.

However, RCG doesn’t miss the chance to develop business in the West. For instance, it launched a service between Austria and Barcelona in Spain in April, transporting vehicles. The point is that the Austrian company has a creative and playful approach when it comes to expanding its network. This is only visible in their social media presence too.

This playful approach is also embodied in the online service “TransNET, let’s play!”, which is RCG’s online tool allowing customers to overview the company’s network and connections and launch services between ports, rail terminals and industry hubs. As RCG explained, the Melnik-Wilhelmshaven link expanded the TransNET platform even more. Customers now have the chance to “play” and check out possible routes and new corridors with more options than ever before.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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