Trans-Eurasia Logistics

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Trans-Eurasia Logistics

Trans-Eurasia Logistics is a joint venture between German and Russian rail companies Deutsche Bahn and RZhD, operating container freight trains between Germany and China via Russia. The first such train arrived in Hamburg from Xiangtan on October 6, 2008, taking 17 days to make the trip.[1] Intermodal companies Polzug, Kombiverkehr, and TransContainer are also involved in the project.[2]

Container trains travel from China to Germany via the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railways, and then via Belarus and Poland - the route collectively known as the "Eurasian Land Bridge".[2] A break of gauge needs to be crossed when entering Mongolia from China (or Russia directly from China, if traveling via Manzhouli/Zabaykalsk), and then another one when leaving Belarus for Poland.

Trans-Eurasia Logistics operates the Yiwu - Madrid Railway line, which is the longest goods railway line in the world and connects China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France and Spain. [3]

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  1. ^ DB Schenker, DB Schenker launches regular services to China after the festivities for the Chinese New Year (press release)
  2. ^ a b Cargonews Asia, Rail reform picks up steam with foreign aid, March 24, 2008
  3. ^ "China flags train to Madrid to revive Silk Route", Atul Aneja, The Hindu, 23rd November, 2014