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Auto traffic switches from road to rail

KIRCHHEIM/TECK, Germany: March 15, 2017. After a five-year hiatus, automobile logistics specialist Mosolf Group is re-introducing a weekly rail link between its terminals in Kippenheim, Southern Germany and Düsseldorf.

Family-owned Mosolf said it handled 67,000 vehicles at Düsseldorf last year with plans to increase the number to 70,000 in 2017 with 49 percent via Inland waterways, 17 percent by rail, and trucks carrying the remaining 34 percent.

MOSLOF railAccording to the company its Düsseldorf multimodal hub will remain primarily focused on handling inland waterway traffic with deliveries to Antwerp from the local Mercedes-Benz auto plant several times a week via Dutch car-carriers MS Terra and Terra 2.

The re-launch of the rail service is a bid to move more auto traffic off the German road network and the company expects to carry 12,000 vehicles annually between the Black Forest and the Rhineland with only the final mile delivery by truck.

"In addition to the environmental benefits of rail services compared to trucks – after all, a block train with 250 cars is roughly the equivalent of 35 truckloads, depending on the load factor – the concept also makes sense from a logistical point of view," said Mosolf head of Sales Wolfgang Göbel. "The prompt, regional deliveries provided by the routes from Düsseldorf also enable more efficient and faster vehicle distribution," he pointed out.

Peter Jacobs, Head of Railway Operations North at Düsseldorf said the reintroduction of the rail service from the south of Germany adds trimodal logistics value to the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia: "We're delighted that Mosolf is now once again focusing on railway services to a greater degree in Düsseldorf alongside its inland waterway operations, and that we're able to support the company both with port logistics and railway services."

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