The increase in the transportation of energy resources by rail is a consequence of the war in Ukraine. Instead of gas, the focus is again on coal or oil. In order to deliver these cargoes to their destinations in a timely manner on a heavily used rail network and secure energy supplies, they are temporarily given priority. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to Kurier Kolejowy.

DB coal

Since October, an average of 30,000 tons of coal has been transported daily from North Sea ports to about 15 large power plants throughout Germany. Some freight trains also used so-called energy corridors.

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According to Deutsche Bahn, the volume of coal transported has doubled. Previously, 50 trains with coal went on the route every week. Compared to DB Cargo’s 20,000 freight trains, 50 coal trains isn’t that much, even after doubling the freight volume.

DB Cargo has reportedly put more than 1,000 wagons back into service to ensure coal shipments. Destination ports were mainly Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Most of the routes ran to power plants in southern Germany and in the Saar.

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