DB Schenker

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DB Schenker
Predecessor Schenker AG, Railion[1]
Headquarters Frankfurt, Germany[2]
Area served
Rail: Europe
Products Transportation and logistics
Revenue €19.7 billion[3]
Number of employees
Parent Deutsche Bahn AG
Website www.dbschenker.com
See also: Schenker AG

DB Schenker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG that focuses on logistics. The company, created by reorganisation and rebranding of Deutsche Bahn subsidiaries, comprises a logistics division encompassing air, land, and sea freight, and a rail division made up from European rail freight companies.


Since December 2007 DB Schenker has been the freight logistics subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. DB Schenker combines all transport and logistic activities of Deutsche Bahn (DB Schenker rail and DB Schenker logistics) employing over 94,600 staff spread across about 2,000 locations in about 140 countries and now is the biggest freight operator in the UK after buying out English Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS).[4]

From 1 January 2009 the logistics operations of DB-Schenker, Railion, EWS, and Transfesa were combined under the brand "DB Schenker".


A DB Schenker Class 60 locomotive at Whiston, UK

Schenker AG and its many subsidiaries handle worldwide logistics operations including Land Transport, Air and Ocean Freight as well as Contract Logistics/SCM, and is part of the DB Schenker organisation.

The European rail branch of the company is split into five units:[5]

  • Region West: France, Spain and the United Kingdom[6]
  • Region Germany/Central: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland[7]
  • Region East: Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Russia[8]
  • Intermodal (responsible for pan-European business)
  • Automotive (responsible for pan-European business)

DB Schenker has also agreed a joint venture with Etihad Rail, to operate trains in the UAE.[9]

Steam Operations[edit]

Alongside DB Schenker's regular work some steam charters are operated in the UK by steam locomotives on DB Schenker's books.

Key: Operational Under Repair Expired Mainline Ticket/Withdrawn Under overhaul/restoration Due to be certified in near future Undergoing testing/Mainline Certification Operational, Heritage Railway/Museum
Number Name Class Livery Owner Tops No Mainline until Max Speed Air Brk's Location
5029 Nunney Castle GWR "Castle" 4-6-0 BR Green, BR Lettering Jeremy Hosking 98728 - 75 mph Yes Crewe
6024 King Edward I GWR "King" 4-6-0 N/A Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98824 - 75 mph Yes Minehead
34046 Braunton SR "West Country" 4-6-2 BR Green, Late Crest Jeremy Hosking 98746 - 75 mph Yes Crewe LNWR
34067 Tangmere SR "Battle of Britain" 4-6-2 BR Green, Late Crest David Smith 98767 2018 75 mph Yes Southall
35028 Clan Line SR "Merchant Navy" 4-6-2 BR Green, Late Crest Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society 98828 - 75 mph Yes Crewe LNWR
44871 - LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 BR Black, Early Emblem Ian Riley 98571 2016 60 mph Yes Fort William
45407 The Lancashire Fusilier LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 BR Black, Early Emblem Ian Riley 98507 2017 60 mph Yes Fort William
46100 Royal Scot LMS "Royal Scot" 4-6-0 BR Green, Early Emblem Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98701 - 75 mph Yes Bridgnorth
6201 Princess Elizabeth LMS "Princess Royal" 4-6-2 LMS Crimson Princess Elizabeth Loco. Soc. 98801 - 75 mph Yes Tyseley
46233 Duchess of Sutherland LMS "Princess Coronation" 4-6-2 BR Green, Early Emblem Princess Royal Class Loco. Trust 98834 2019 75 mph Yes Barrow Hill
60007 Sir Nigel Gresley LNER A4 4-6-2 BR Blue Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust 98898 - 75 mph Yes Grosmont
60009 Union of South Africa LNER A4 4-6-2 BR Green, Late Crest John Cameron 98809 2019 75 mph Yes Edinburgh
4464 Bittern LNER A4 4-6-2 LNER Garter Blue Jeremy Hosking 98819 - 75 mph Yes Ropley
502 Flying Scotsman LNER A3 4-6-2 NE Black National Collection 98872 - 75 mph Yes Bury
60163 Tornado LNER A1 4-6-2 BR Apple Green A1 Steam Locomotive Trust 98863 2022 75 mph Yes Stewarts Lane
60532 Blue Peter LNER A2 4-6-2 BR Apple Green Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98832 - 75 mph No Crewe LNWR
70000 Britannia BR Standard Class 7 4-6-2 BR Green, Early Emblem Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98700 2017 75 mph Yes Bridgnorth
71000 Duke of Gloucester BR Standard Class 8 4-6-2 BR Green, Late Crest Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust 98802 - 75 mph Yes Crewe

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