First freight train from China arrives in Spain after 13,000km test run

Spania_China_train_epaThe train left Yiwu, a major wholesale centre for small consumer goods, in eastern China on November 18 and passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, and France during its 21-day trip. It is the longest railway route in the world, longer still than Russia’s famous Trans-Siberian railway linking Moscow to Vladivostok. The journey time was more than 10 days shorter than if the goods transported by the train had been shipped by sea, Spain’s public works ministry said.

Euro Cargo Rail, a subsidiary of German freight operator DB Shenker Rail, is studying the possibility of starting a regular service between China and Spain during the first half of next year, with two trips a month.

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