Daniela Dallinger
is a communicator in the Rail Cargo Group
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Behind the Scenes – From Hungary to Turkey

The Rail Cargo Group moves over 115 million tons of goods per year – in Europe and as far as Asia. In other words, we bring a train on track every minute. Always in focus: our customers.

How freight takes up its journey

Perfect handling in the logistics sector is crucial to success. Delivering goods from a wide range of industries across borders requires a high degree of flexibility. Let’s take our high-frequency connection between Budapest and Kapıkule as an example.

With its own rail logistics branch and the successful establishment of high-frequency intermodal connections from the Ruhr area to Turkey, a strong backbone was created for the corridor, and the rail operator product was established on the market. We achieve a transit time of 85 hours entirely in self-traction between Sopron and Kapıkule. So our customers benefit from consistently high quality along the entire transport route.

How exactly do goods get from A to B, for example from Hungary to Turkey? Reliably, on time and environmentally friendly? This makes it even more exciting to take a look behind the scenes. Which is exactly what we did.

On the freight train from Budapest to Kapıkule

How exactly does freight transport work? It is best to hear our experts speaking.

Starting from our BILK terminal in Hungary, our colleagues went on a unique journey by freight train to Kapıkule in Turkey. The motto of these days: Being right in the middle.

That this route was chosen, was no coincidence. The RCG has been the market leader in rail transport to and from Turkey for many years. We currently offer daily connections from Sopron to Halkali to the Turkish border. Our colleagues report on the events and stations on the journey, what they have experienced and how the ideal cooperation works.

The 535 metre long train was loaded with 19 wagons in our RCG terminal BILK. The train also carried a ROLA accompanying car, in which the team could ride along the entire route from Hungary to the Turkish border at Kapıkule.

The route led from Hungary via Romania and Bulgaria to Turkey – and of course throughout in self-traction.

More about the exciting journey of our colleagues can be found here.

By the way: Why is the RCG so active on the Turkish market?

Turkey has set itself the goal of tripling its export volume by 2023. With a current rail share of only 0.85%, the railway will play an important role here. Turkey is regarded as the engine for many European economic markets. To support investors and exporters efficiently in their business activities in future-oriented regions of Turkey, the Rail Cargo Group needs efficient logistics services. National and international forwarding services for conventional and combined rail transports, truck and water transports as well as all additional services are among our absolute focus areas.

However, there are a few things to bear in mind. From resource planning and planning of equipment and train paths to the loading of wagons, there is much more to organize in order to smoothly handle cross-border handling through the most diverse countries, landscapes and climatic zones, including shift changes, and customs formalities.

These are just a few of the tasks that we, as the RCG, take on for our customers.