CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero GIUGNO 2020
RAIL CARGO GROUP LAUNCHES NEW CHINA CONNECTIONS VIA TURKEY TO
Rail Cargo Group (RCG) already operates several regular
intermodal train connections between Europe and Asia via the regular
route of the New Silk Road. By connecting two European destinations
to Turkey, it expand the possibilities of the Middle Corridor, which
runs via Georgia and Azerbaijan, crossing the Caspian Sea to
The TransFER Curtici-Istanbul provides a direct connection of
one round trip per week from the Romanian terminal to Halkali, the
most important international freight terminal in Turkey. This new
TransFER connects the economic regions of Turkey and Romania with a
transit time of 66 hours.
The TransFER Budapest-Köseköy connects the Asian part
of Turkey with Europe - with a transit time of just under five days.
With this weekly round trip, RCG is expanding its network and
logistics services between Asia and Hungary together with its
partners TCDD and Pasifik Eurasia.
"This extension to the RCG network provides improved
connections to economic hubs across the entire Eurasian region",
the rail freight operator said. "The chance to link Anatolia
and Central Asia / China means that all of Western Europe's economic
centres are also connected via the logistics hub of Budapest. This
in turn means the entire Eurasian region can tap into the RCG
In Turkey, the trains run through the Mamaray Tunnel underneath
the Bosporus - the strait between Europe and Asia. This tunnel was
previously only open to passenger trains, but was opened for freight
traffic in October last year. This decreased transit times on the
Middle Corridor significantly, as the train journey from Baku to
Europe can now be carried out without a single stop.
The Mamaray Tunnel plays a key role in this non-stop
connection", says RCG. "Freight trains on this route use
it to provide a seamless underground connection between the Asian
and European parts of Turkey. The first intermodal block train for
one of our customers loaded with 36×45-foot containers of
white goods as well as car spare parts travelled non-stop through
the tunnel on its way from Arifiye in Turkey to Sopron in Hungary.
This proves that rail transport is not only efficient but above all
competitive and is becoming an increasingly attractive mode of
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