Press release - CFL cargo special transport

The company once again proves exclusive know-how
Loading special beams 30 January 2015


Bettembourg, 4 February 2015 – Once again CFL cargo proves its expertise in the area of planning and implementing special transports. The most recent example is the delivery, for a bridge in Hamburg/Germany, of 12 beams that were bent into 2 directions.

For some time already, CFL cargo has been well-known for its expertise in the area of planning and implementing special transports. The shape, as well as the weight and the size of the materials determine whether special precautions need to be taken for a transport. The latest challenge accepted by the Luxembourg company concerned 12 beams that were bent into 2 directions and of different length, and therefore had a different centre of gravity. These special beams had to be loaded on wagons in such a way as to be stable while avoiding oversize load restrictions, if possible.

The product

The construction of a bridge in Hamburg required 12 beams, between 27 m and 33.7 m in length, bent into 2 directions in order to fit the form of the curve of the bridge and to better absorb the weight that will rest on the bridge. These special beams have an external centre of gravity, which must be taken into consideration during loading so that the product will stay securely on the wagon during transport. The necessary calculations for this impressive load of 34 tonnes were made by CFL cargo’s highly specialized team of 4 loading experts, who hold great knowledge and a lot of experience in this field.

The loading and securing of the wagons

Steve Frascht, a CFL cargo Loading Expert, provided guidance during the loading of the 6 pairs of one long and one short special beam. Each pair rested on a load-bearing wagon, surrounded by two buffer wagons to accommodate the length of the beams and to enable easy unloading upon arrival at the construction site.

The products were secured in three ways: first through a clamping system that connected each pair of beams in a manner to prevent inner friction. In addition, a rigging mechanism and a securing system connected the beams to the wagon. Since the beams had different curves, it was important to adapt the rigging mechanism to each individual curvature.

The transport

The transport was almost a routine affair. Delivery was scheduled to be just-in-time so that the beams could be mounted straight off the wagons. The 350 m special train left Luxembourg on Thursday night and the beams were installed on Friday already.

Marc Polini, CEO of CFL cargo: “Once again we could demonstrate our expertise in the area of special transports and prove to our customers that they can rely on us.”


Press contact: Christina Schürr, +352 51 98 10 495


About CFL cargo
CFL cargo was created by the merger of the freight department of the Luxembourg national rail company (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois) and the internal transport department of the Luxembourg production sites of ArcelorMittal. With 400 employees, a fleet of more than 70 locomotives and 4000 wagons, CFL cargo offers customer-orientated services, including international long distance rail freight transport, regional rail freight trains and local feeder services, shunting and marshalling yard operations, freight wagon maintenance and repair, and oversize load transportation. Together with its subsidiaries - CFL cargo Deutschland, CFL cargo Danmark, CFL cargo France, CFL cargo Sverige and CFL technics – and with sister-company CFL multimodal, CFL cargo operates on the main European North-South and East-West routes.

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