Helrom launches exclusive block train for AUDI AG

After a planning and implementation phase of less than 12 months, Helrom’s first exclusive block train will commence operations on April 4 following a festive opening event. The globally patented technology of the Helrom trailer wagon makes it possible to load all types of truck semi-trailers onto a train without special terminals and cranes – a significant step towards more climate-friendly and efficient logistics.

In combination with Duvenbeck’s sustainable truck drive concepts for pre- and on-carriage, the new connection between Regensburg and Lébény in Hungary will save up to 11,500 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

The new connection is part of AUDI AG’s Mission: Zero sustainability strategy and the first realization of barrier-free rail transport of truck semitrailers as an exclusive block train. Audi is thus setting new standards in transport logistics. The Helrom train travels 1,000 km per round trip (Regensburg-Lébény-Regensburg) in just 24 hours. Within these 24 hours, the train travels there and back and the loading and unloading takes place in Regensburg and Lébény.

Each train consists of 18 wagons that can transport 36 trailers. This means that 72 trucks are shifted from road to rail every day from Monday to Friday, resulting in a weekly reduction in truck transport performance of around 185,000 kilometers.

Roman Noack, CEO of Helrom, speaks of a major step for the company and emphasizes the forward-looking nature of the new block train connection.

– With our innovative technology, we are overcoming the barriers of previous intermodal transport. By eliminating the need for special terminals for loading semi-trailers, we are integrating ourselves smarter into the supply chains, completely without detours. We are also faster and more reliable than previous intermodal transport. The efficient networking of different technologies and transport routes such as road and rail to form a Physical Internet of Semi-Trailers via Helrom hubs as smart interfaces is key to achieving climate targets in freight transport – said Noack.

Source: en.helrom.com
Photo: © HELROM/Astrid Piethan

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