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Rail Cargo Group: The first cargo train in history runs through the Marmaray tunnel below the Bosporus

Rail Cargo Group: The first cargo train in history runs through the Marmaray tunnel below the Bosporus
photo: Rail Cargo Group press materials/Rail Cargo Group: The first cargo train in history runs through the Marmaray tunnel below the Bosporus
15 / 11 / 2021

The first cargo train in history runs through the Marmaray tunnel below the Bosporus. On its course from the Chinese city of Xi'an to Prague, RCG is accountable for the European sector. RCG is constantly expanding its long-haul links to the Far East. A train running from the Chinese city of Xi'an to Prague shows just how up-to-date the topic is surrounding the "One Belt One Road" initiative, a broad-based ambition to connect China with Asia and Europe. On 6 November this train reached Ankara, Turkey.

Thomas Kargl, VD of RCG, attended the formal opening and welcomed the train together with numerous guests of honor. He crossed the Marmaray-Tunnel under the Bosporus on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route. This welcome ceremony is a clear indication that sustainable rail cargo transport is also very important for Turkey.

"We are pleased to be able to implement this project on the European side. We are convinced that an annual volume of up to 350,000 TEU is not only realistically achievable but also easy to implement. We are expecting four to five tons per TEU. The routes via Russia have reached an annual capacity of one million TEU between China and Europe by comparison," says Kargl. Particularly popular is the China-Europe connection via Turkey for finished electronic products from Asia such as laptops, hard disks, semi-finished TV panels, large-volume textile products, and car parts from China. While the Asia-Europaroute is particularly used for electronic products, high-quality products from Europe such as finished and semi-finished products, consumer goods such as milk powder, frozen food, pork, and products from the health sector such as pharmacy products are particularly popular for the Chinese economy," says Kargl.

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