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New shell for Swiss freeway tunnel arrives by train: ÖBB Rail Cargo Group brings 60,000 tons over the Arlberg

New shell for Swiss freeway tunnel arrives by train: ÖBB Rail Cargo Group brings 60,000 tons over the Arlberg
photo: Mühlanger / ÖBB/New shell for Swiss freeway tunnel arrives by train: ÖBB Rail Cargo Group brings 60,000 tons over the Arlberg
01 / 07 / 2022

Since April 2021, 20 wagons loaded with segments for a highway tunnel have been rolling from Tyrol to Switzerland once a week. The total volume of this forward-looking end-to-end transport is 60,000 tons. In this way, more than 4,100 truck journeys could be avoided.

ÖBB Rail Cargo Group is the leading rail logistics provider in Europe and offers efficient, multimodal end-to-end logistics solutions to Asia. Using multimodal logistics, all advantages of different modes of transport are optimally combined and used. Together with customers, transports are worked out from pick-up to dispatch to destination - from the first mile to the last. One example of this is a truly mammoth project that ÖBB Rail Cargo Group is successfully implementing on behalf of the Katzenberger company. Specifically, it involves the transport of segments, i.e. prefabricated concrete segments (outer shells) that are used for stiffening in tunnel construction.

ÖBB / Mühlanger

Climate-friendly transport central for Katzenberger

"We were awarded the contract for the production of the segments. Environmentally friendly transport, if possible from a single source, was central for us from the very beginning. The elements will be produced in our precast concrete plant in Jenbach and are intended for the rehabilitation of the Kerenzerberg highway tunnel in Filzbach in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. The highway section of the A3 is getting on in years and needed to be rehabilitated. We are pleased that we were able to win ÖBB Rail Cargo Group as an extremely reliable and competent logistics partner for the transport," says Katzenberger Managing Director Stefan Kizlink.

Transport by rail ensures around 4,100 fewer truck journeys on the road

Preparations began as early as spring 2020, and on April 7, 2021, the first segments were loaded in Jenbach for transport to Weesen in Switzerland. The transports are scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2023. In total, the train now departs once a week with 20 loaded wagons from Jenbach station in Tyrol bound for Switzerland. With a total order volume of around 60,000 tons being transported to Switzerland by rail in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, this also benefits the traffic-plagued population of Tyrol, as in total this means around 4,100 fewer truck trips (including empty runs) being transported by road.

"We are very proud that our long-standing partner, the company Katzenberger GmbH, also relies on the know-how of ÖBB Rail Cargo Group for this major project. As the leading multimodal rail logistics provider in Europe, we bundle the synergies of rail and road, with a clear focus on sustainable rail. There are no limits to the type of goods. The transport of segments from Tyrol to Switzerland is a perfect end-to-end example. Directly at the plant, loading is carried out using a gantry crane onto the low-floor wagons. After the long-distance transport by rail, the last mile is handled by truck directly to the construction site. Everything is organized by the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group from a single source. Both the economy and the climate benefit from these complete solutions," says ÖBB Rail Cargo Group board member Gottfried Eymer.

ÖBB / Mühlanger

Seamless end-to-end transport with perfect transport logistics in the background

The smooth transport of the segments requires intensive preparatory work to ensure that everything runs smoothly during the loading process and when securing the components. Moreover, these are just-in-time transports, which poses an additional challenge. In shipping, the wagons must always be provided for loading on Wednesdays and Thursdays due to limited infrastructure and personnel resources. In addition, ÖBB Rail Cargo Group, as an end-to-end transport logistics partner, is also responsible for transhipment and truck on-carriage of the segments. It means the project is managed from the booking request to the delivery to the final location - from the first to the last mile.

Exemplary loading succeeded

Special flat cars are used to transport the segments. The wagons are loaded with five stacks of 13 tons each of the 5-meter-long and almost 2-meter-wide concrete components. Special loading devices in the form of saddle-shaped supports integrated into a steel frame were therefore also necessary. Between the layers, there are specially made wooden supports. A gantry crane is used for these.

 

Source: ÖBB Press Releases

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