The high costs of fuel and the environmentally-friendly policies of a great many businesses naturally stimulate the growth of railway transport. As a result, more and more firms choose this form of carriage.
What are the characteristics of railway transport?
Railway transport, which involves the carriage of goods by train, is one of the most popular forms of shipping. Cargo has to be delivered to a railway terminal where it is loaded and next carried to an end-terminal and unloaded.
Importantly, railway transport is relatively resistant to atmospheric conditions, which makes it very reliable. The selection of this form of transport also offers the reduction of transport costs, limits the risk of accidents, and enables planning the logistics of cargo transport accurately.
Types of railway transport
Depending on the type and designated use of railway cars, the following forms of railway transport can be distinguished:
- Full-car load – the most universal type of transport, designated mostly to carry loose solid or liquid raw materials in large quantities.
- Container – open platforms are used to carry the cargo that is placed in sealed containers.
- General cargo – this involves small parcels; such services are provided within regular railway transport
When is railway transport worthwhile?
Railway transport is selected primarily by firms that have to carry large quantities of goods at a time (e.g. coal from mines or fuel from refining plants). Volumes that can be carried using railway transport are much larger than, for example, in road or air transport.
In addition, railway transport is an excellent choice for clients whose goods are carried over long distances (when road transport is unreasonable). Popular destinations of cargo carried by rail include:
Railway transport with K Logistics
We have provided solid fuel carriage services by rail at K Logistics for years. Moreover, our services include the carriage of:
- coal-like raw materials.
Having signed long-term contracts with the largest railway carriers in Europe and the domestic PKP Cargo Connect, we are able to offer very favourable transport terms and conditions and attractive freight costs.
Most cargo from beyond our eastern border reaches Poland via Sławków. At this point cargo is reloaded onto trains that are adapted to the European railway infrastructure, and next transported farther on to Western Europe.