SBB Cargo

SBB Cargo is a subsidiary operating in the rail freight transport of the Swiss Federal Railways, of which it is as a division freight. In 1999, the SBB was converted as a former Director of the Federal operating as a result of the first railway reform in Switzerland in a special statutory corporation and divided into three independent divisions passenger, freight and infrastructure. The headquarters of the Swiss Federal Railways SBB Cargo AG, as the company is called legal, Basel. For fall 2014, the parade is scheduled to Olten.

  • 4.1 SBB Cargo Germany
  • 4.2 SBB Cargo Italia


SBB Cargo employed in 2012 a total of 3327 employees and achieved a consolidated turnover of 922 million Swiss francs. SBB Cargo in Switzerland is the market leader in rail freight and transported every day 175,000 tons of goods. This corresponds to the weight of 425 fully loaded jumbo jets.

The company is managed by Nicolas Perrin. SBB Cargo has commissioned its owners - the Swiss Confederation - a mandate to contribute to the achievement of the objective of modal shift from road to rail. In the " Cargo Switzerland " they should operate as a system leader an intrinsically economic truckload transportation network in domestic and Import-/Exportverkehr, which is geared to the needs of the shipping industry in Switzerland. The business area " Cargo International " is from the role as a traction combination and block train traffic along the north-south corridor focus and offer marketable and profitable services.

SBB Cargo is an active member of the Alliance Xrail, which was founded in February 2010 by seven European freight railways, which will seek to provide the international wagonload traffic by rail more customer -friendly and efficient.

Strategic Direction

The Swiss policy is working actively with the transport of goods by rail. For this, the government has received in 2011 by the Parliament in a motion to order, to provide an overall concept for the future of rail freight transport in the area. This is done by the Federal Council in mid-April 2013. Expected to be 2014, National Council and Council deal with the template. Since a referendum is still possible, the new legislative package at the earliest 2015/2016 come into force and include a reorganization of the framework for rail freight.

At the same time pursuing SBB Cargo a three- pronged strategy: 1 The subsidiary SBB Cargo International, founded in early 2011, together with the shipping company Hupac, continues in transit shuttle trains on the North-South axis. 2 wagonload services are employed to reduce structural costs and to the streamlining of the operating points of the network. 3 The future supply of SBB Cargo Combined Transport (CT ) provides line trains, which connect the main centers in Switzerland.

SBB Cargo Switzerland

To operate the wagonload traffic in Switzerland profitable and sustainable, major efforts were undertaken and developed solutions for the rehabilitation of underutilized operating points in a complex, broad-based process in which all the customers and the cantons concerned were involved. Overall, SBB Cargo has examined the rehabilitation of 155 very underutilized service points. On average less than one car has been transported per day at these points. 128 of the worst congested points are no longer served since the timetable change in December 2012. SBB Cargo and the other railways in Switzerland take the current offer or 374 operating points wagonload services regularly to. Nevertheless, over 98 percent of the previous transport volume will remain on the track.

In Switzerland, the freight on the three large marshalling yards ( marshalling yards ) Basel - Muttenz, Zurich, Limmat and Lausanne Triage is settled. Companies are the marshalling yards of SBB Infrastructure. The most important transit axis is the Gotthard route. The second transalpine axis through the Lötschberg and Simplon tunnel is mainly used by a contestant of BLS Cargo. Nevertheless, it is traveled by SBB Cargo trains.

The traffic performance of SBB Cargo was in 2012 with 12,132 million net tonne kilometers, 1.7 percent below the previous year. The causes are in addition to the European economic downturn and the reduction of industrial capacity in Switzerland, especially in the paper and metal industries mentioned. To make the three-time lock of the Gotthard mountain route was added because of cliff edges at Gurtnellen.

Strike in 2008

The planned elimination of 401 positions in the industrial work of SBB Cargo in Bellinzona led to violent protests. Among other things, should 114 of the 142 bodies disappear when maintenance service for cargo trains in Bellinzona, which are laid remaining 28 points to Yverdon and Chiasso. Then the 430 SBB employees went on strike in Bellinzona. After the end of which was discussed at a round table on the future of the plant. In June 2009, SBB Cargo handed the Bellinzona depot officially SBB Passenger Operations (P- OP). In June 2010, the work of the certification of the Union of Private Wagons interested parties (CPI ) for the maintenance of freight wagons received. It has thus demonstrated to be able to perform the entire freight car maintenance according to the specifications and quality standards of the CPI guideline for maintenance. Significant is the release for the wheelset including Neubescheibung that is offered by only a few workshops. In June 2013 it was announced that the SBB in Bellinzona wants to centralize the education and training for the south. Also the maintenance of the fleet maintenance of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel will take place at this location, as well as the maintenance of a portion of the railcar in regional traffic south.

SBB Cargo International

SBB Cargo International was founded in 2010 with headquarters in Olten. The share capital is by SBB Cargo AG (75 %) and the Hupac held (25 %). As a specialist for driving trains and trains of combined transport (CT), the company focuses on the European north -south axis between Germany and Italy. The Company's customers are primarily operators of combined transport. Core element of corporate strategy is to increase the productivity of locomotives and train drivers. This will be achieved through a clockface production system with high Lokumläufen and reduced downtime as well as the concentration on high-volume routes.

SBB Cargo International has commenced operations in early 2011 and employs people in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. From the existing fleet of SBB Cargo 100 locomotives were initially hired, about half of them are modern multi-system locomotives for cross -border use.

In early July 2011, the company by the Federal Office of Transport (FOT ) received access to the network and safety certification for Switzerland, making it a fully functioning and independent train operating companies (TOCs ). In addition to Germany and Italy, the company can autonomously providing transport services in Switzerland - from the track ordering to own transport execution. Since then, the operational management of traffic is handled centrally by the new control center of SBB Cargo International in Olten. In June 2013, the German subsidiary of SBB Cargo International was granted a license for the use of the Dutch railway network. You should be used to provide Containtertransporte between Rotterdam and Switzerland on their own. For shunting a cooperation agreement with Rotterdam Rail Feeding ( RRF ) was closed.

SBB Cargo Germany

SBB Cargo Germany GmbH, with its headquarters in Duisburg, was founded in 2002 and is a 100 percent subsidiary of SBB Cargo International. As a registered railway for freight services is planning scheduled and she drives trains in Germany and from Duisburg, Rheinhaus Siegen, Cologne, Aachen, Ludwigshafen / Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Freiburg im Breisgau, Singing, Lübeck, Bremerhaven / Bremen, Hamburg, Kehl, Gelsenkirchen, Ingolstadt, Neuss, casting / Mainzlar and Weil am Rhein. Platforms for handling rail / road in Germany Bremen, Duisburg, Karlsruhe, Worms and Weil am Rhein.

SBB Cargo Germany is at the Cologne Chamber of Commerce since 2007 registered training company.

SBB Cargo Italia

SBB Cargo Italia was founded in 2003 and has its operating headquarters in Gallarate. The company is part of SBB Cargo International, and plans and executes scheduled freight trains in Italy. In addition, it also trains locomotive engineer. Destinations / departure points for groups of wagons / trains in Italy are Gallarate, Novara, Milano, Melzo, Trecate, Turin Orbassano, Fossano, Poggio Rusco and Sant'ilario. Platforms for handling rail / road in Italy are Desio and Turin.

On 15 December 2003 the company was incorporated in Italy. The company was renamed April 15, 2004 by Swiss Rail Cargo Italy in SBB Cargo Italia. The SBB continued to hold all the shares in the Company.

ChemOil Logistics AG

The ChemOil Logistics AG was founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of SBB Cargo. The company is part of a fine mesh, European logistics network and provides essentially innovative, high quality services for customers in the chemical and petroleum industry. The core competence of ChemOil lies in the organization and execution of freight transport from door to door with the inclusion of all available modes of transport. In addition to tailored and efficient transport concepts - not least in terms of environmental impact - provides ChemOil for their customers to request a variety of ancillary services, such as management of car fleets, analysis of processes and procedures as well as advice on the optimization of the supply chain. Since 2011, the company connects with the product ChemLink important chemistry centers on the north -south axis with its own line trains that enable predictable and reliable transport handling. For ChemOil was awarded the Prize of IBS - awards for innovative and forward-looking logistics solutions in rail freight transport - the Professional Association of Rail freight forwarders.


Their services divided SBB Cargo in the categories door-to -door logistics concepts with truckloads (Products Cargo Rail and Cargo Express) trains (Product Cargo Train ) and combined transport ( traction services for KV- shuttle trains to all major operators such as Hupac, ERS, ICF, IFB and TRW). Both standardized products and customized solutions are offered. The offer " train and envelope " is aimed at carriers and companies with their own truck scheduling. "Swiss Split " is the connection system for international combined transport in Switzerland. SBB Cargo order to ensure the daily shuttle service and the fine distribution of intermodal loading units - such as containers and swap bodies - between the sidings of the Swiss economy and the international shuttle terminals Switzerland. Since 1 September 2011, SBB Cargo provides for the transportation of ocean containers also a shuttle train between Basel container terminal and Chavornay.

With the development of combined transport in Switzerland SBB Cargo complements the existing business wagonload traffic and transit traffic. The concept envisages line trains, which connect the main centers in Switzerland. Shuttle trains are set according to a set timetable swing back and forth. The first Pilotzug wrong since the beginning of 2012 twice a day according to a fixed schedule between Dietikon near Zurich and Renens near Lausanne. Since September 2012 SBB Cargo performs an additional trace for Migros in refrigerator containers between Neuendorf SO and Gossau. In June 2013 started as another line of factory daily north-south shuttle between Dietikon and Cadenazzo with extension to Lugano Vedeggio, it connects the economic center of Zurich with the Ticino.

To cope with the growing container volumes in the import and export traffic, two new terminals for trains are planned up to 750 meters in length. The gateway Limmat, the 2012 has reached an important milestone of grant, will provide a direct connection to the system of wagonload traffic for fine distribution of the containers in the Switzerland. The terminal Basel Nord is designed trimodal and should connect close to the Rhine port of Basel- Kleinhueningen ship, rail and truck together.

SBB Cargo will depart from the timetable change 2013/14 on behalf of DB Schenker Rail for a significant part of the transit traffic through Switzerland. Thanks to this additional operating and traction, the Swiss rail freight utilize their existing capacities and resources. The assignment of the previously handled by the Swiss DB Schenker Rail subsidiary BLS Cargo Shipments to SBB Cargo led to a substantial media coverage.

SBB Cargo cooperates closely with the international myclimate Environmental Protection Agency, to offer their customers a completely climate-neutral transport. The unavoidable CO2 emissions of a car ride are thereby neutralized by climate protection measures at a different location. Unlike similar offerings, the concept of SBB Cargo considered in the calculation of the environmental effect of all greenhouse emissions and the entire life cycle of a transport. Since the beginning of 2009, the Swiss rail freight also creates an individual emission reporting for their clients. This emission comparison of all settled with SBB Cargo transports can be easily integrated into corporate environmental management systems and identify in eco- balances. 2011, the "Prix eco" was awarded. With this award, those customers were awarded, the most reduce emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases with their rail shipments.

Rolling stock

SBB Cargo had in the year 2012 7869 freight cars in circulation (of which 7072 low noise ). For traffic between Switzerland and Germany SBB Cargo used 50 two-system freight locomotives Re 482, 15 of which can also be used in Austria. For the traction Switzerland - Italy SBB Cargo is a two- phase locomotives: 21 locomotives SBB Re 484 and 12 of the type Re 474 A total of 2 012 544 locomotives in use.

For the Swiss domestic market and use in Germany SBB Cargo is 45 shunting locomotives of the type SBB Am 843 a with environmentally friendly diesel particulate filter. They allow for economic production in heavy maneuvering area and are equipped with radio remote controls. In addition, 45 modernized in Biel works shunting tractors of the type SBB Tm IV are used. Their new vehicle designation after the conversion is Tm 232

As a replacement for the used in the light delivery wagonload traffic shunting locomotives of type Bm 4/4 and various triaxial Rangierloktypen that no longer meet today's requirements for age, economy and efficiency, SBB Cargo ordered in the summer of 2010 at the Stadler Winterthur AG 30 new, biaxial hybrid locomotives (type Eem 923 hybrid ). The newly developed model is based on the shunter Ee 922, which is already available in passenger for maneuvering in use at the SBB. The hybrid version for SBB Cargo has a main electric drive and an additional auxiliary diesel power for operation of railway sidings without contact wire. The Eemian 923 hybrid reaches a maximum speed of 120 km / h In July 2013, more than half of the ordered locomotives were already delivered and put into operation.


In 2012, SBB Cargo realized in a consolidated operating income of 922 million francs a transport capacity of 12.132 billion net tonne kilometers. The year ended with a loss of 51 million francs. In the previous year, the deficit amounted to 46 million francs. Traffic revenues decreased from CHF 840 million in 2011 to 822 million francs.

Other investments

In addition to the 75 - % stake in SBB Cargo International SBB Cargo holds the entire share capital of ChemOil Logistics AG in Basel ( transport of chemicals and petroleum products ) as well as minority interests in RAlpin AG, Bern (30 %), at the Hupac SA, Chiasso ( 23.85% ) and the Termini SA, Chiasso (20 %).