Container train

Network & corridors – Smart connection of Europe

Our network solutions cross borders – not only geographically but also by minimising technical restrictions through innovative approaches.

The network is growing

As a subsidiary of DB Cargo, we have access to the largest rail network in Europe and regularly expand it in accordance with the requirements of our industries. This results in network offers that are perfectly matched to the strong production regions and supply flows within a sector – highly frequent, fast and reliable. One example of this is our Automotive RailNet. It connects all major automotive plants and the major suppliers and dealers in Europe with each other and is constantly being expanded, for example by extending the UIC line to Martorell in Spain or by integrating new shuttle services.

Schematische Darstellung des Automotive RailNet
Kai-Birnstein
"We are constantly implementing innovative network solutions for the automotive industry based on our Automotive RailNet."

Kai Birnstein, Head of Components

Beyond Europe's borders

We have been crossing the European border towards China since 2011 and mainly transport vehicle components on this route, but also finished vehicles. On the approximately 9,000 km route, rail has decisive advantages because it is faster than ocean freight, cheaper than air and safer than road. 

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Green light for mega trailers

When it comes to the type of equipment we use, we also think outside the box: despite the challenging height restrictions on the French rail network, we transport mega trailers by train to the Spanish border. Our high-frequency shuttle service with modern container wagons makes it possible. We are constantly expanding our CT shuttles to other high-demand corridors in Europe. We now operate a similar product between Germany and Romania. If required, rail transport can be supplemented by pre- and onward carriage – all from our one stop shop.

Trailer being loaded onto a train

High frequency with multi-client trains

We do not think exclusively in terms of customer-specific concepts but have the entire system in mind. By means of multi-client trains on important corridors, we bundle quantities and thus create new, high-frequency offers for you time and again. In classic rail freight transport, we bring together groups of wagons at key hubs to form block trains. For example, we already transport five different car brands to Spain with just one train or offer a regular shuttle from Germany to Turkey for household appliances, beverages and classic pallet goods from various manufacturers.

Fast train with sliding wall wagon

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Porträt Kai Birnstein

Kai Birnstein

Head of Automotive