TX Logistik develops new concept for road-to-rail shift

TX Logistik successfully launched an international triangular service for intermodal transports in mid-March, in an effort to shift more goods to rail.

The offer of the rail logistics company connects Romania, Austria, Italy and Germany with one train per week and it was designed for two large Romanian forwarding companies and an Italian carrier.

Compared to normal round trips with outward and backward connections between two destinations, the triangular concept created by TX Logistik connects the terminals in Curtici (Romania), Hall in Tirol (Austria), Verona (Italy) and Duisburg (Germany) with one-way relations. Users can thus be able to bypass imbalances in the flow of goods. While all regions have high cargo volumes, there are not always necessarily sufficient volumes to load trains for a round trip with appropriate backloads.

The start and end point of the triangular connection is the Arad Railport in Curtici and from here, train, which is also the first intermodal connection between Romania and Italy, first runs to the Quadrante Europa terminal in Verona – with a stopover at the TSSU terminal in Hall/Tyrol, where wagons with trailers for Austria are transferred. From Verona, the journey continues, with a stopover in Hall to Duisburg. There, TX Logistik, as one of three owners, operates the destination terminal at the logport III logistics area. The route from Duisburg to Curtici then marks the end of the triangular traffic.

Traction on the nearly 4,000-km-long triangular rail link is handled by TX Logistik and in Hungary and the section in Romania by Hungarian railway company Gysev, a longtime traction partner. After the successful start, it is planned to increase the capacity with a second train on 18th April. The possibility of transferring the triangular concept to other suitable routes in Europe is also being examined.

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