DE: Tx Logistik Ag has launched a new hinterland rail freight connection between Wilhelmshaven and southern Germany.

Since mid-January, the rail logistics company – part of Mercitalia Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian state railway – has been running one round trip per week between the Jade-Weser Port in northern Germany and rail terminals in Nuremberg and Kornwestheim.

Both routes are operated as direct connections and offered via the boxXpress production platform, which specializes in container trains from the North Sea ports.

The destinations are the Tricon container terminal in Nuremberg and the Duss Kombiterminal in Kornwestheim, which is a hub for the Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg area.

With these new connections, TX Logistik can offer additional capacity for container transport by rail. The integration of the Jade-Weser Port in Wilhelmshaven into the network is at the same time an important step for TX, which hopes to benefit from the forecasted volume growth at the Jade-Weser Port.

As Germany’s only deep-water port, Wilhelmshaven is increasingly the destination of ever-larger container vessels and is already served by eight shipping companies on a scheduled basis.

TX Logistik, founded in 1999 as a private rail transport …

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Wilhelmshaven freight service launched

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Long Island Rail Road opens its Grand Central Madison hub in New York

US: Long Island Rail Road opened its Grand Central Madison deep-level station beneath New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal on January 25. The first train to reach the station left LIRR’s Jamaica hub in Queens at 10.45 and arrived at 11.07.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul and MTA Chair Janno Lieber alighting from the first train to Grand Central Madison.

Grand Central Madison is the …

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Pakistan passenger train derails after powerful bomb blast

PK: A passenger train in Pakistan derailed after a bomb blast, leaving at least 15 passengers injured.

The bomb exploded when the Jaffar Express passenger train was passing through the Bolan district in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan.

According to a local official, the train engine and eight train cars were derailed due to the bomb blast.

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Topic of the week

Europe Policy and Digital Rail

Digitization has played a central role in the modernization of rail transport in Europe for several years. The increased use of new information technology and automated operations management systems can increase the capacity of the rail network and improve reliability. This will make rail transport more attractive and lead to a modal shift to environmentally friendly rail. An important step in this process is the introduction of digital train control systems such as European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), which enable safe and efficient control of rail traffic.

But the EU member states are once again putting on the brakes. On December 5, 2022, the EU Council of Transport Ministers agreed that ETCS Level 2 or 3 would not have to be installed in new and expansion projects until 2030, whereas the EU Commission had set a target of 2026. The national safety systems may continue to be operated until 2050, which means that continuous Europe-wide rail traffic is once again a long way off. 

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