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Rail freight transport is eco-friendly, fast and reliable. Contargo is the trimodal container hinterland network. Trimodal means that the special strengths of each transport mode are used to maximise their advantages. Until a few years ago, the main focus of Contargo was on transport by barge. Now this is changing: more capacity at the Contargo terminals, new rail products and its own rail freight company are contributing to an increased share of rail transportation in the intermodal transport mix at Contargo.
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“We connect our hinterland terminals with the seaports by rail systems, offering an additional transport mode to and from the western seaports in parallel to barge transport, and a good connection to those seaports that are not accessible – or not easily accessible – by barge. Until now Contargo performed three quarters of its combined transport by barge. In future we intend this to change. In the long term, we aim to carry out 50 percent of our combined transport by rail eventually.”
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Contargo’s core business is combined transport. The combination of barge and rail in the main long-distance run, and truck for local pre-carriage and on-carriage, is not only beneficial for the environment but also has economic advantages, resulting in part from the favourable legislative measures inroduced to promote combined transport, for instance the 44-tonne rule. Another advantage: Trucks that are used locally in combined transport before and after the main run are exempt from driving bans on Sundays and public holidays. Trucks that are exclusively used in combined transport are also exempt from vehicle tax.

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Goods trains normally travel at speeds between 90 and 120 km/h. This means that although they are noticeably slower than passenger trains, they are much faster than barges. Trains have the advantage compared to trucks that they are not so much affected by traffic jams. However, when using rail transport containers almost always have to be reloaded onto a truck for delivery to the customer, as few customers have their own rail access.
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Modern safety systems, close control of safety regulations and the fact that the vehicles travel on rails, make trains the safest transport mode. All these factors mean that unlike trucks, planes and barges, the risk of human error is substantially reduced. The train driver is only one additional link in the safety chain. All safety-relevant processes during operation are technically secured.
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With the Paris Agreement, the world community pledges itself to the binding aim of limiting global warming to less than two degrees. This aim can only be attained if emissions of greenhouse gases are rapidly and massively reduced. Due to its strong growth over the past few years, the transport sector is the only sector that has so far not contributed to reducing emissions. The transport mode of rail could help in achieving the European climate aims: together with inland waterway transport, it generates the lowest emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2. Rail transport is also virtually unbeatable for its low levels of pollutant emissions, and it has a much smaller space consumption than the network of long distance roads.
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For rail forwarders from China, Contargo is an excellent partner in Europe: Contargo links its trimodal container terminals via its extensive container hinterland network to the most important economic metropolitan areas in Europe. In particular the terminals of Contargo Rhein-Waal-Lippe located in Emmelsum and Emmerich, the Duisburg Intermodal Terminal (DIT) in Duisburg, the terminal in Neuss, Contargo Industriepark Frankfurt-Höchst in Frankfurt am Main, Contargo Rhein-Neckar with terminals in Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, the terminal in Wörth, Contargo Combitrac with Terminals in Wiesau and Hof, and Contargo AG in Basel are especially suitable as destinations for container rail transports from China.
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“By strengthening rail transport Contargo is not competing against itself; rather, it is trying to take transports off the roads and onto rail, and achieve more synchromodality, meaning that transport processes can become even more flexible, in line with Industry 4.0. For instance, if there are free capacities and appropriate dates available, we can transport containers by train instead of truck, or divert loads from our barges to trains in case of high water. Our aim is to be able – thanks to sufficient capacities and intelligent IT – to adapt our transport chains even during the transport itself.”

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As with transport by barge or truck, Contargo provides a complete service in rail transport, too. As well as its own scheduled connections, the service includes agency activities and the processing of customs formalities. Contargo has rail sidings at 23 of its 24 terminals. Here not only handling and storage, stuffing and stripping, maintenance and repair are offered, but also delivery of containers by truck direct to the customer’s loading ramp for loading or unloading. In order to consolidate its already-existing rail activities and develop them further, the enterprise has founded Contargo Rail Services.
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Contargo Rail Services

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The locations

24 terminals in Germany, France and Switzerland function as hubs in the Contargo network, which also includes offices in the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the terminals of partner enterprises. In the terminals Contargo operates container depots and temporary storage, and offers many additional container services , such as local delivery of containers by truck, processing documents and dealing with customs formalities. All but one of Contargo’s terminals have rail sidings.


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Mannheim

Hamburg

Contargo Combitrac

Frankfurt am Main

Rotterdam/Zwijndrecht

Rail connections to Rotterdam and the agency services of Contargo in Zwijndrecht

Duisburg

Ludwigshafen

Contargo Süd

Antwerp

Wörth

Neuss

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Contargo GmbH & Co. KG
August-Hirsch-Strasse 3
47119 Duisburg
Germany
Freecall 00800 CONTARGO
info@contargo.net
 
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Contargo
Tim Frankenheim
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Port of Rotterdam
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Transcombi Express

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Andreas Mager, Co-Managing Director Contargo Rail Services:

"In the care of our products Contargo Rail Services performs the commercial management and supervises operational aspects. Our tasks include the monitoring of train movements, the coordination of train schedules, solving problems and contacting rail companies, wagon owners, seaports, hinterland terminals and other service providers."


Michael Lückenbach, Co-Managing Director Contargo Rail Services:

“We carry out rail-related projects for all Contargo terminals with rail access. We have experience in administrative aspects like public authorities, the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) and dealing with railroad chief operating managers, and when there are direct enquiries to the terminals we also support Contargo’s locations in everything to do with rail.”
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The core business of Contargo Rail Services is its own intermodal complete train products. These are being progressively developed and expanded by the Rail team. They include shuttle trains, tailored block train solutions, special train solutions, empty container positioning and slot charter with partners.
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The areas of activity of Contargo Rail Services include Agency tasks like seaport processing and communication with the seaport terminals. In Zwijndrecht near Rotterdam Contargo’s own seaport agency takes on tasks such as processing trains by system maintenance, planning of loading and unloading, processing of import and export documentation, compiling train lists and freight documents.
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As well as locations in Mannheim and Zwijndrecht, in 2017 Contargo Rail Services installed a team of three in the offices of the Duisburg Intermodal Terminal (DIT). The team performs agency and coordination services for various rail operators. They also act as “capacity optimisers”, helping to ensure that trains are as full as possible. All the members of the team have several years’ experience in combined transport. As well as agency services, they offer the coordination of gateway transports, support in the management of empty and damaged wagons.
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Andreas Mager
Managing Director
Rheinkaistraße 2
68159 Mannheim
Tel.: +49 621 17825 325
E-Mail: amager@contargo.net

Michael Lückenbach
Managing Director
Rheinkaistraße 2
68159 Mannheim
Tel.: +49 621 17825 326
E-Mail: mlueckenbach@contargo.net

 
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Mannheim

Mannheim is the economic centre of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, which is the seventh largest in Germany with a population of 2.3 million and more than 830,000 employees. Mannheim’s central position in Europe and its good connections to all transport routes make the city a popular location for international enterprises.
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In 1968 one of the first container terminals in Germany started operating at the confluence of the Rhine and the Neckar. Today the trimodal terminal in Mannheim‘s commercial port, together with the external empty container depot, has room for 8,800 TEU. Fast handling of containers is ensured by four crane bridges, plus a crane bridge as back-up equipment, and four mobile machines. On the sidings with a total length of 2,500 three block trains can be handled simultaneously, and five barges and trucks can be processed parallel to this, resulting in fast throughput times for all transport systems.
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Block train Mannheim - Rotterdam

Mo-Fr 1x daily from Mannheim and Mo-Fr 1x daily from Rotterdam Terminals RSC, ECT and EMX


With partner enterprises:
 
Mannheim-Rotterdam: Mo-Fr 1x daily from Mannheim and 1x daily from Rotterdam: 1/3 train
Mannheim-Hamburg: 1x day on Mo We Fr both directions Mannheim-Bremerhaven: 1x day on Mo We Fr both directions
Mannheim-Wilhelmshaven: 1x week, as required
Mannheim-Thessaloniki: 1x week
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Since 2017, 45-foot containers and tank containers have been handled in Mannheim and sent on their way once a week to Thessaloniki. This train transport, offered by Contargo Rhein-Neckar jointly with Transcombi Express, connects the metropolitan region with Greece’s second largest city, and from there with Athens. The train starts out from Thessaloniki on Saturday, arriving in Mannheim on Thursday. From Greece, the route continues through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria to Germany. On Thursday the train departs from Mannheim, reaching Thessaloniki on Tuesday or Wednesday.
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“Transcombi Express has been working with Contargo for many years now. The cooperation with the Contargo terminal at the Port of Mannheim makes up a substantial part of our daily work. The terminal supports us in sending trains via the Balkans to Thessaloniki and back in a weekly rhythm. One special feature of our terminal in Athens-Inoi: we have obtained authorisation to operate a private free trade zone. Our aim: in future we aim to process non-EU transports
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Hamburg

Hamburg is not only Germany’s second largest city – it is home to 2.2 percent of its total population. The waterside metropolis also has significant economic power: in 2015 it accounted for 3.6 percent of German economic output. Its convenient geographical position has helped to make Hamburg a transport hub for trade and transport streams from Northern Europe, Asia and the Baltic. A decisive role is played by the Port of Hamburg, Germany’s largest seaport and one of the most important freight handling locations in the world. Hamburg is also the major north German hub for rail transport, connecting the city with the hinterland.
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“The success of a universal port is dependent on many factors. One important factor is a very close-knit network of global shipping lines such as the Port of Hamburg possesses. To these are added the seaport hinterland transports that are important for the inflow and outflow of goods, travelling over long distances mainly by rail and inland waterway. Nearly 42 percent of container transports in the Port of Hamburg are handled by rail, a volume of more than two million TEU (20-foot standard containers) per year. Every day approximately 200 goods trains are handled in the Port of Hamburg. This means it is possible to offer about 2,000 connections per week, making Hamburg Europe’s No. 1 rail port. Inland waterway transport also plays an important role with 12 million tonnes of goods transported every year, and this still has great potential for development in the area of container transports.”

At https://www.hafenhamburg.de/en/intermodal you can find an overview of all connections
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Contargo Network Logistics and Contargo Road Logistics have offices in this city, which is Germany’s biggest seaport. Additionally 13 block trains of Contargo Combitrac travel every week between Hamburg and Bavaria (Hof and Wiesau). Together with cooperation partners, Contargo also offers rail connections between Hamburg and Augsburg, Frankfurt-Ost, Kornwestheim, Mannheim, Nürnberg, Ulm, Weil am Rhein,  and Wörth.
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Ludwigshafen

The trimodal terminal in Ludwigshafen’s Kaiserwörth port is an important interface for containers between the western seaports, the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and the rest of the European hinterland. The Ludwigshafen terminal, together with the terminal in Mannheim, is a part of Contargo Rhein-Neckar. As well as scheduled barge lines along the Rhine from Ludwigshafen to the western seaports, Contargo together with a partner enterprise offers the Antwerp-Ludwigshafen Rail Shuttle as a fast alternative, making the round trip three a week.
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Weil am Rhein and Basel

The Terminals in Basel, Weil am Rhein, Ottmarsheim and Strasbourg have formed an alliance as Contargo Süd (Contargo South). Together they offer not only trimodal transports but also all other necessary services for containers. The terminals in Weil and Basel are situated directly on the north-south corridor of European freight transport. This is the point where the Rhine itself ceases to be navigable, so that the containers are transferred to rail or truck for transport to other parts of Switzerland and on to parts of southern Germany, France and Italy. The two terminals jointly implement the Basel Westport Shuttle (BWS), which connects the Border Triangle three times a week with Rotterdam. The BWS is not only connected to all terminals in Rotterdam, but also enables distribution within the Border Triangle itself and has direct links to the Shuttle Trains and the Swiss Split.




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Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main is the centre of the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main metropolitan region. As well as finance, IT and creative businesses, numerous industrial companies of global renown and many logistics service providers are located here. Especially the airport,  Europe‘s biggest freight airport, contributes to the excellent infrastructure, but the inland ports on the Rhine and Main and Frankfurt’s important rail connections also play a part.

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In the chemical and pharmaceutical location of Frankfurt Höchst, situated in western Frankfurt, Contargo offers trimodal transports, container handling and organisation of the whole logistic chain, as well as other services for the sector. These include services such as picking and sampling, temperature conditioning of tanks and temperature-controlled containers (reefers), and cleaning box and tank containers. One special expertise is handling dangerous goods in containers. In the extensive system of rail sidings, up to 4 block trains can be handled at the same time. Just over 20 kilometres away, Contargo Rhein-Main operates another trimodal terminal: Frankfurt-Ost.




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The Port of Rotterdam is the biggest port in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. It is situated on the estuary of the world’s busiest waterway and, unlike most North Sea ports, it can handle ships with a draught of up to 24 metres. The port area is one of the major hubs for the worldwide flow of goods, making it the gateway to the European market, with more than 350 million consumers.
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As well as pipelines, barges and road transports, Europe’s biggest port offers a great number of daily rail connections to the European hinterland. As well as block trains and groups of wagons for liquid and dry bulk goods, at present more than 250 trains a week transport sea containers and loading units for short sea transports between Rotterdam and neighbouring countries.
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In the harbour area, rail traffic bottlenecks are being dealt with, for instance by rebuilding the Theemsweg route, raising the Botlek bridge and extending the rail infrastructure on the Maasvlakte. In addition the movement of containers by rail between terminals with the Rotterdam Port Shuttle, and probably from 2020 on the Maasvlakte, is to be optimised by the new internal distributor route "Container Exchange Route".
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By the year 2030, it is envisaged that there will be up to 550 trains per week in the Port of Rotterdam travelling to and from the port in combined transport. With the increasing volumes of containers and short sea loading units being handled in Rotterdam, the rail infrastructure within the port and the adjoining hinterland is being expanded and optimised. For instance the Betuwe line, a pure freight line between Rotterdam and Emmerich, is being expanded to three tracks as far as Oberhausen on the German side.
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Based in Zwijndrecht, directly in the hinterland of the Port of Rotterdam, we organise all kinds of trimodal container transports. Here the team of Contargo Rail Services undertakes all combined transport agency services of the Contargo Group to and from Rotterdam and Antwerp.”
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Hof, Glauchau and Wiesau

In the county borough of Hof in the district of Upper Franconia in the north of Bavaria, the structure of industry is mainly characterised by small and medium sized enterprises. Exports make up 50 percent of the town’s strong manufacturing sector. Leading international brands are among the modern producers located here, whose products include automotive parts, textiles, rollers, compressors and specialised steel and light metal components. One of Hof’s advantages as a location is its proximity to the new, developing markets in Eastern Europe and its very good transport connections. Hof combines an excellent infrastructure with an interest in art and culture, and the scenic rural countryside surrounding the town is attractive for leisure activities.
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At the goods station in Hof the container terminal of Contargo Combitrac provides a daily direct connection to the seaports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven. By 2019 operation at the terminal will be 24/7 and its area will be more than doubled to 50,000 m² . Hof, together with the terminals in Wiesau and Glauchau, forms the “Gateway to the East” within the Contargo Group. The teams perform fast and efficient handling of containers from rail to truck and vice versa. Additionally, in Wiesau logs transported on block trains and containers carrying waste wood are handled. Services also include a depot and various repair services performed on request.
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A daily connection in both directions links the three Contargo Combitrac locations with Hamburg , and a connection with Bremerhaven three times a week.
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Antwerp

Both historic and modern, a blend of culture and industry – the city on the Scheldt offers many contrasts. Although Antwerp’s population is only slightly over 500,000, the port is the second biggest in Europe and the eleventh largest worldwide. A network of railway lines, roads, pipelines and inland waterways enables the onward transport of goods to many destinations in Europe within a very short time.
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“In view of the ongoing growth in sea container transports we need a fast, smooth, reliable inflow and outflow channel for the streams of containers moving in and out of the seaport terminals in the Port of Antwerp; for this reason, the transport mode of rail is becoming increasingly important to us.”
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Together with partner enterprises, Contargo offers a round trip three times a week on the Duisburg (DIT) - Antwerp and Ludwigshafen - Antwerp lines. There is also a Strasbourg - Antwerp connection.
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Duisburg

Duisburg lies at the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region which is centrally situated in Europe, amid major transport arteries, and has 30 million consumers and 300,000 enterprises within a range of just 150 kilometres. Many companies known throughout the world have located here, helping the city to develop into a major logistics site. As well as the Rhine itself, rail is also an important transport mode. The Rhine-Ruhr region has a railway network approximately 2,000 km in length, on which goods from all over the world arrive in Duisburg.
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The Duisburg Intermodal Terminal (DIT) in Logport Rheinhausen links the European hinterland with the western seaports and also connects it by rail with South-East Europe, Russia and China. At the trimodal terminal, which has an area of 220,000 m² , containers – including dangerous goods and reefers – can be handled on six sidings and at two berths by four cranes, six reach stackers and three empty container stackers. Up to 15,000 TEU can be stored here altogether.
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DIT has six 700-metre sidings. Employees on the spot perform the handling of the containers and organise the planning, including track occupation. DIT offers its customers direct rail connections to: Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Gadki, Małaszewicze (Poland), Pomezia (Italy), Prague (Czech Republic), Vienna (Austria),  Dobra (Slovenia) and Moscow (Russia). There are also feeder transports within the Ruhr area to various industrial locations, and national and international rail connections.
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Since 2011 the Port of Duisburg has been the starting-point and destination for transcontinental rail connections to China. When Chinese President Xi Jinping started the One Belt, One Road Initiative (New Silk Road) in 2013,  visiting DIT in 2014, the number of trains travelling between Duisburg and China went up again. Today 25 trains (import and export) travel between various Chinese cities and Duisburg Intermodal Terminal, meaning that over the last few years China has become one of DIT’s most important partners. So to celebrate the Year of the Dog, the staff at Duisburg have had a photo taken of themselves with their dogs at the terminal.
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“The train is an excellent complement to sea transport and air freight. A transit time of 12 days places the train between these two transport modes. Transit would be even faster if so many countries did not have different rules – and even different track gauges – that slow it down. However, the connection is so attractive that we are in close contact with Chinese customers and are working to bring more China transports not only to Duisburg, but also to other Contargo locations.“
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Woerth

The small town on the left bank of the Rhine opposite Karlsruhe offers the options of transport by water, by rail or by road. This is the site of the biggest truck assembly plant in the world, and other prestigious companies have also settled there. The Port of Wörth is the largest river port in the Rhineland-Palatinate. In fact, in terms of its container throughput it is the second largest inland port in Germany after Duisburg . Here Contargo operates a trimodal terminal with a rail connection departing 5x weekly to Rotterdam. This block train, which is offered and organised by Contargo itself, serves the RSC, ECT Delta and EMX terminals in Rotterdam. Together with a partner, Contargo also offers a rail link from Wörth to the German North Sea ports (Hamburg and Bremerhaven) 3-5 times weekly.
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Neuss

Neuss is the one of Germany’s oldest cities. The port on the Rhine, the good infrastructure and its central position in Europe make this location attractive to many major international enterprises. Accordingly, industry and logistics play an important role in its economy. The resulting high employment rate, and the varied and extensive cultural and leisure offer in the city and the surrounding area contribute to the quality of life in Neuss.
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Its central position in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, its access to the Rhine, its direct links to various regional conurbations, from the Lower Rhine to the north of Cologne, and its proximity to the western seaports make Neuss an excellent location for logistics. From this base the team of Contargo Neuss organises trimodal transport chains for all usual container sizes to/from the western seaports. At its two terminals the enterprise has four berths for barges, and its own rail access with three sidings. These are used for various block trains, both its own and block trains organised for customers. The Neuss Multimodal Express (NME) makes the round trip between Neuss and Rotterdam three times a week.
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