DB Cargo launched a new direct rail freight shuttle to Romania, which allows the expansion of company’s single wagonload network.
The single wagonload train is formed in Schwandorf, located in eastern Bavaria, and then crosses Austria and Hungary on its way to Craiova, 200 km west of the Romanian capital, Bucharest. From Craiova, the freight wagons are then distributed throughout the country.
Currently, there is one train per week on the southbound leg. Departing on Saturday, the train arrives at its destination on Monday and makes the return journey on Tuesday.
“The high level of market acceptance and positive growth in volumes mean that we are planning additional departures.” DB Cargo and its national subsidiaries DB Cargo Hungaria and DB Cargo Romania supply all the locomotives used and thereby act as a single service provider,” Helena Petkau from Single Wagon Offer Management said.
The main freight type is steel. Southbound trains frequently transport coiled steel, while northbound services transport semi-finished steel products.
The new service links the Ruhr region and northern Germany with the growing economy in Southeastern Europe and takes three days in each direction. In addition, this regular direct connection cuts the turnaround time for freight wagons by two thirds, noticeably improving wagon availability levels for customers.