More than ninety different rail companies provide connections between the Port of Hamburg and the hinterland. Over 200 international and domestic rail connections serve the port daily. They ensure that containers that are discharged in the port on the weekend reach their destinations in “night hops” by the beginning of the week.
Among the rail service providers are companies like Baltic-Train, boxXpress, Metrans, POLZUG Intermodal und Transfracht International (TFG). The Hamburg Port Railway efficiently manages the huge amount of rail traffic every day.
It is responsible for the 330 kilometres of track, which not only has to be maintained, but also expanded and adapted to the growing demands of the port’s customers. To make sure that transhipment and rail transport function smoothly, the terminals, and especially the rapidly expanding container terminals, are equipped with ultra-modern rail cargo handling facilities.
The most recent example is the container station in the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort, the first such facility in the world to be built on a curve in the track. Along with containers, trains also transport bulk cargo like metal products, liquids, ore, coal and grain between the terminals and the hinterland. Increasingly, private rail transport companies are coming to play an important role as service providers for rail logistics, especially for containers. See the list to find such companies.