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Commercial success for EU-funded RETRACK project

NewRail were a major partner in the RETRACK European funded project, which is now operating commercially by the Hamburg-based leasing and logistics company VTG

NewRail were a partner in the RETRACK European funded project whose main objective was to develop, demonstrate and implement an innovative and market-tested trans-European rail freight service along the West-East corridor linking the North Sea gateways and the Black Sea gateways with potential expansions. 

As a result of the project, the Hamburg-based leasing and logistics company VTG has created Retrack GmbH & Co KG as a wholly-owned freight operating subsidiary of its VTG Rail Logistics division, by renaming its former Bräunert Verwaltung and Bräunert Eisenbahnverkehr businesses.

Retrack emerged from the EU-backed four-year Reorganisation of Transport Networks By Advanced Rail Concepts project launched in May 2007 which saw operators, shippers and research bodies co-operate in an effort to simplify and improve the reliability of cross-border wagonload freight offerings. NewRail was a major partner and the Freight & Logistics manager,Thomas Zunder project managed the pilot service.

Retrack has applied for SiBe Part A national safety certification in Germany, which would enable it to apply for Part B international certification. Following an audit by TÜV Rheinland, VTG Rail Logistics is also certified to transport hazardous waste within Germany.

Videos from the final RETRACK conference are available on Vimeo.

 Read the peer reviewed article: How far has open access enabled the growth of cross border pan European rail freight? A case study

published on: 9 November 2017