The AAE Group, one of the largest freight railcar leasing companies in Europe, and market leader for freightcars in intermodal transport, is investing in three hundred container waggons of a new type. The hirer of the waggons, which are lighter and less expensive than conventional goods waggons, but can transport more containers per train, is railway line operator Metrans a.s., a subsidiary of the port of Hamburg and Logistik AG (HHLA). Using the new waggons, the company wants to set up additional trains running primarily to and from the North Sea ports, but transporting continental freight loads as well. All three hundred waggons will be delivered in 2014.
„In the strongly growing hinterland traffic of the ports we can use the new waggons to transport three to four containers per train more than with conventional 80-foot waggons”, explains Jiri Samek, the managing director of the Metrans Group. “As the waggons are lighter and have a higher axle pressure on account of the large distance between the bogies, thus permitting a calmer ride, we reduce energy consumption. On occasion we can even do without double traction, thus saving a locomotive. All this in combination with the fact that we can load more flexibly makes these waggons extremely valuable for us.” The freight cars, which Metrans has developed together with the manufacturer Tatravagonka Poprad, can be used for maritime containers as well as for continental intermodal units.