ÖBB Rail Cargo Group and Ukrainian Railways Test New TransFER Route for Intermodal Freight Transport

ÖBB Rail Cargo Group and Ukrainian Railways Test New TransFER Route for Intermodal Freight Transport

(IN BRIEF) ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) in partnership with Ukrainian Railways (UZ) has launched the TransFER Vienna-Kyiv route, connecting Ukraine to RCG’s intermodal network, TransNET. The inaugural test train successfully transported non-craneable semi-trailers carrying building materials from Kyiv to Rail Cargo Terminal BILK in Hungary using innovative r2L (roadrailLink) technology. This solution allows the loading of non-craneable semi-trailers onto trains, providing an eco-friendly and efficient alternative to truck transport. The new route, with a stop in Budapest, establishes a regular, high-frequency intermodal connection between Ukraine and Central Europe, offering economic benefits and addressing truck driver shortages in Ukraine. RCG continues to transport Ukrainian grain into the EU, contributing to global supply security as a leading rail logistics provider in Europe.

(PRESS RELEASE) VIENNA, 4-Oct-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — The TransFER was presented for the first time at transport logistic Munich, and now the first test train is laying the foundation for further transports: the TransFER Vienna–Kyiv. The ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG), in cooperation with the  Ukrainian State Railways (UZ), connects Ukraine to its intermodal network  TransNET at. The test train traveled from Kyiv to the BILK Rail Cargo Terminal in Hungary at the end of September and successfully transported non-cranable semi-trailers with building materials by rail. Until now, the non-crane semi-trailers on this route were transported exclusively by truck, as is usually the case in the industry – the premiere on rail for this route is not only a plus for the environment, but also relieves the current tense situation regarding truck drivers :internal shortage in Ukraine – a win-win situation.

Not craneable but still on rails.
This is made possible by the technology r2L – roadrailLink. The innovative handling and transport technology developed by the wagon rental company  VTG together with its partner  VEGADeveloped internationally, it makes loading non-crane semi-trailers of any kind economically feasible. This means that non-cranable trailers can be craned and can be used for combined transport. The fully galvanized r2L solution is a platform that can be lifted vertically into and out of a double pocket truck using terminal cranes or reach stackers.

Keep the economic engine running
The new connection between Kyiv and Vienna with a stop in Budapest offers the first regular, high-frequency intermodal connection between Ukraine and the numerous hubs in Central Europe. But beyond intermodal transport, freight traffic also flows between Ukraine and the EU: RCG continues to transport a good 150,000 tons of Ukrainian grain to the EU every month, thereby making a significant contribution to global security of supply.

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ÖBB-Holding AG



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