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Innovating Rail Transport: The TransFER Vienna-Kyiv Debut

Innovating Rail Transport: The TransFER Vienna-Kyiv Debut
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04 / 10 / 2023

First unveiled at transport logistic Munich, the TransFER test train has now set the stage for future transports with the introduction of TransFER Vienna-Kyiv. The ÖBB Rail Cargo Group has collaborated with the Ukrainian Railways to integrate Ukraine into its intermodal network, TransNET. At the close of September, the test train journeyed from Kyiv to the Rail Cargo Terminal BILK in Hungary, effectively transporting non-craneable semi-trailers filled with construction materials by rail.

Until now, these non-craneable semi-trailers have been transported solely by truck on this route—a standard industry practice. The move to rail is not only a boost for environmental conservation but also eases the current strain caused by a shortage of truck drivers in Ukraine, creating a beneficial situation for all involved.

From Road to Rail: Overcoming Limitations

The game-changing r2L - roadrailLink technology makes this possible. Developed collaboratively by wagon rental company VTG and VEGA International, this innovative handling and transport technology renders the loading of any non-craneable semi-trailers cost-effective. As a result, traditionally non-lift-able trailers become craneable, paving the way for combined transport. The r2L solution is a fully galvanized platform that can be vertically inserted into or lifted out of a double-pocket trolley using terminal cranes or reach stackers.

Fueling Economic Momentum

The newly established link between Kyiv and Vienna, with a halt in Budapest, marks the first frequent intermodal connection between Ukraine and the numerous Central European hubs. Beyond intermodal transport, freight traffic from Ukraine to the EU remains robust. RCG continues to ship over 150,000 tons of Ukrainian grain to the EU monthly, playing a crucial role in ensuring global supply stability.

Source: ÖBB Rail Cargo Group