COMSA Rail Transport

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COMSA Rail Transport
Industry Rail transport
Founded 2002[1]
Headquarters Barcelona, Spain
Services Rail freight, locomotive hire
Revenue €19million (2009)[2]
Number of employees
~240 (2009)[2]

COMSA Rail Transport is a subsidiary of the COMSA EMTE Group, was created in 2002 by Grupo COMSA to provide comprehensive logistics services, rail freight and passenger.


COMSA Rail Transport was founded in 2002 to provide rail services, including freight, passenger and construction trains, locomotive hire for rail construction and other related services including sidings and terminals.[1][3]

In September 2005 COMSA became the first private rail company to obtain a license to operate on the Spanish railway network,[3] in 2007 a safety certificate for operations was obtained and the company began operating freight trains in 2007.[1]

The company became part of the COMSA EMTE group on the merger in July 2009 of Grupo COMSA and Emte SA[4]

In 2009 the company operated over 1000 freight trains, including 375 automotive part trains for SEAT in Martorell, and coal trains from sea ports to a power plant in Ponferrada, as well as supply locomotives for the construction of the Madrid–Levante high-speed rail line.[2]

In 2013 SNCF Geodis (SBCF-FRET) took a 25% share of COMSA Rail Transport.[5][6][7]

International cooperation[edit]

Locomotive 335-001 of COMSA Rail Transport marked European Bulls
  • 2005: Founding member of the (now defunct) European Bulls International Railfreight Alliance[1]
  • 2006: fer Polska Joint venture with Rail4Chem[8]
  • 2009: In association with Portuguese rail company Takargo Rail a joint venture Ibercargo Rail operates services between Spain and Portugal.[9][10]
  • 2013: SNCF-Geodis and COMSA Rail Transport sign a cooperation agreement on developing rail freight between Iberia, France, and Central Europe.[5][6]

Rolling stock[edit]

As of 2009 the company operates three Class 335 Euro 4000, two Class 317 G1700 and two Class 312 MZ III locomotives (ex-DSB MZ[note 1]) diesel locomotives, and 18 Electroputere LDE2100 diesel locomotives.[2] Three Class 253 TRAXX DC locomotives were also delivery in October 2009.[2][12]

Locomotive 335-003 (Euro 4000) of COMSA Rail Transport (2009) 
COMSA class 317 locomotive in Caldes de Malavella train station (2010) 
Electroputere LDE2100 diesel electric type with ballast wagons (2012) 
ex-DSB Class MZ diesel electric (2009) 


  1. ^ Numbers 312-301 and 312-302,[citation needed] formerly DSB MZ 1436 and DSB MZ 1442[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "European Bulls - Rail Freight Alliance :COMSA rail transport". Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Annual Report 2009" (PDF). COMSA EMTE. pp. 115–. 
  3. ^ a b "COMSA Rail Transport" (PDF). (in Spanish). p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Press Kit COMSA EMTE" (PDF). (Press release). COMSA EMTE. 
  5. ^ a b "Los Ferrocarriles Franceses entran en el accionariado de Comsa Rail Transport" [French railways enter in the capital of Comsa Rail Transport]. (in Spanish). 30 April 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "SNCF to take 25% stake in Comsa Rail Transport". Railway Gazette International. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Barrow, Keith (29 Oct 2013), SNCF-Comsa Rail share acquisition approved 
  8. ^ "FER Polska S.A.". Transport i Komunikacja - Warsaw, Poland. 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "International Operations". 
  10. ^ "Spain: Interoperable freight traffic between Spain and Portugal". UIC ENEWS, International Union of Railways. 2009-03-17. 
  11. ^ "DSB Litra MZ(III) 1427-1446". (in Danish). Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Comsa S/253: Introduction". see individual locomotive histories for Comsa "253-1001" to "253-103". Retrieved 16 January 2011.