First China-bound freight train departs London

On 18 January, the first freight train arrived at London’s Barking terminal, after an 18-day journey originating in Yiwu, on China’s east coast. Today, Barking celebrated a new milestone, sending off the first eastbound train. The 7,500-mile journey will pass through nine countries, and undergo two transfers between standard and broad gauges before arriving in […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 10, 2017

Freight trains and freighter aircraft on the old Silk Road

Just five years ago, DB Schenker launched the first China-to-Europe rail freight service, with a single train rolling from Chongqing in west-central China to Duisburg, Germany. Schenker touted the service as cheaper than air and faster than sea, but the launch was met with a certain amount of skepticism in the industry. Changing rail gauges, […]
  • David Harris
  • February 3, 2017