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Dalian To Bratislava Freight

30 Oct 2017 23:04
  • Dalian To Bratislava Freight

On 27 October 2017 the first pilot service bound for Bratislava left Dalian (where the photo was taken), loaded to 41 containers carrying mostly products from manufacturers in Shandong and Liaoning provinces. The train is to be routed via the 1,520/1,435 mm break of gauge at the TKD Dobrá terminal in Slovakia, and is scheduled for arrival at the SPaP container terminal in Bratislava-Pálenisko on 13 November. According to Guizhou Panjiang Logistics, the aim is to develop a weekly service between China and Slovakia, and to start up an eastbound service in three months’ time. TKD Dobrá has been used as a transhipment location for containers from/to China for around a decade or so, however most of them have continued to or have originated in countries other than Slovakia.

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And Now Yiwu To Praha Container Services

26 Sep 2017 16:15
  • And Now Yiwu To Praha Container Services
  • And Now Yiwu To Praha Container Services

At the time when the Praha to Yiwu service departed, in late July (see Hors d’Oeuvres reports on 20 July and 4 August 2017), it was announced that there would soon be a complementary westbound service. This departed from Yiwu on 9 September (see photo) and reached the METRANS terminal in Praha-Uhříněves on the 24th. InterRail Holding, the operator of this service, plans now to realise four westbound runs in total. The second one followed just a week after and reached the destination on 2 October 2017. In the second photo it is seen passing through Praha-Malešice, hauled by ČD Cargo's 163.217.


Container Consignment From Praha Arrives In Yiwu

04 Aug 2017 23:53
  • Container Consignment From Praha Arrives In Yiwu

The consignment of containers which departed from Praha-Uhříněves by rail on the afternoon of 19 July arrived in Yiwu at 11.18, local time, on 4 August. The run traversing Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, thus took just under 16 full days. The working was a standard block train of 41 containers, some from Germany, the others from the Czech Republic, with payloads including Czech automotive components and crystal glass.


Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu

20 Jul 2017 12:18
  • Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu
  • Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu

On 19 July 2017 a consignment of 41 40-foot containers departed from the METRANS terminal at Praha-Uhříněves bound for Yiwu in Zhejiang province. This was a promotional, one-off pilot service, organised in association with a Chinese investment forum held in Praha the previous day. The payloads consisted of a mixture of Czech export products, including porcelain, crystal glass, cosmetic and automotive components. The train is routed via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, and is expected to take 16 days.

A westbound service from Yiwu to the Czech Republic is expected to run soon, and should there be sufficient demand a regular service might be established. Although this is not the first service to be operated from the Czech Republic to China, it is the first one to be provided following an initiative from China.

The first photo, taken at the METRANS terminal, shows METRANS’s 761.002 about to depart with the train. Eurorunner hauled it only to the Praha-Uhříněves station. METRANS was the organiser of the service as far as the border between Poland and Belarus, while haulage was provided by ČD Cargo and PKP Cargo. InterRail Holding is the main operator of the train. The other photo was taken near Česká Třebová, showing ČD Cargo’s 130.036 at the head of the train.