The Romanian car maker Dacia exports a part of its production in dismantled state to South America using maritime containers. The containers are transported by train from Ciumeşti station to the port of Bremerhaven before the sea transport. In the past the trains went via the Czech Republic, but later the trains were rerouted via Austria, where they were operated by Ecco Rail carrier. Due to an activity of DB Cargo Czechia approximately a half of the volume came back to the Czech railways. In this case trains were operated by Arriva vlaky (the Czech part) and DB Cargo Deutschland (the German part). These trains started to go without a change of locomotives directly from Břeclav to Bremerhaven using Class 189 DB locomotives.
Based on positive experience with the transit via Czechia the whole volume was rerouted through the SŽDC railway network since January 2017. Usually two trains a week are operated and an extra train is dispatched if needed. As mentioned above the only locomotive change on the Czech territory takes place in Břeclav, where the trains from Romania arrive with a locomotive of the Slovakian carrier Express Group.
On the photo taken on 8 January 2017 near Bezpráví stop there is a Dacia train from Bremerhaven to Ciumeşti hauled by 189 012 DB. It’s a wagon set, which was sent from Romania via Austria last year, but due to operational reasons it goes back via Czechia.
Text Jan Pavlík, photo Jiří Štembírek