New intermodal connection between Scandinavia and Duisburg
German rail freight operator TX Logistik is moving further in developing its intermodal network. It has been running a new container train between Duisburg, an important multimodal hub, and Katrineholm, a gateway to the Greater Stockholm area. The new connection was arranged on behalf of Samskip, the Dutch multimodal logistics provider.
TX Logistik has strengthened its activities in intermodal transport. The rail logistics company, which is part of the Mercitalia Group (Gruppo FS Italiane), operates two round trips per week for the multimodal transport provider Samskip Multimodal in its train system between Duisburg and Katrineholm in Sweden. The connection was launched on 6 April.
The train will be staged at the Duisburg Rail Terminal (DRT) in Duisburg. TX Logistik will take over the traction at Krefeld Uerdingen station. From there, the route goes via Padborg, the Öresund Bridge and Malmö to Katrineholm. The city is located in the province of Södermanlands län, about 150 kilometres southwest of Stockholm. The destination is the terminal GDL in Katrineholm. Within a radius of 150 kilometres, about one-third of the Swedish population can be reached.
The train is around 700 metres long and can carry up to 42 load units. Swap bodies, semi-trailers and containers are transported. They are mainly loaded with industrial and consumer goods.
Samskip Multimodal will be responsible for managing the available slot capacity. With this shuttle operated by TX Logistik, the company is further expanding its transport services on the route between Duisburg and Katrineholm.
“We already cooperate with Samskip in the maritime sector and transport containers for the partner in seaport-hinterland traffic on the Rotterdam – Munich route,” explained Bernd Weisweiler, director for business development at TX Logistik. The main reason for extending the cooperation to intermodal continental transport was the high quality of the services that TX Logistik provides. Another reason: TX Logistik is only one of three rail logistics companies licensed to operate on the Öresund Bridge.