Port of Kiel expands shunting station
The structure and technics at Kiel’s shunting station in Meimersdorf have been enhanced in such a way that freight trains with an effective length of 740 m (535 m before) can enter and exit the station as of now, the company said in its release. On the occasion of an official ceremony taking place on 7th November the Management Representative of the Deutsche Bahn AG for the Federal States of Hamburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, Manuela Herbort, inaugurated the optimised entry track together with Kiel’s Lord Mayor Dr Ulf Kämpfer, City President Hans-Werner Tovar and PORT OF KIEL Managing Director Dr Dirk Claus.
Kiel-Meimersdorf belongs to the 17 railway projects in Germany that have been realised by the company of Deutsche Bahn within the scope of the federal immediate action programme “Seaport Hinterland Transport II”.
In order to enable the entry of longer freight trains into the shunting station, track no. 9 has been redesigned and optimized in terms of length and the signal and control technology has been adapted. The track has been newly electrified, connected to the existing track system and after installing a switch it has also been linked to the route leading to Kiel Ostuferhafen. The total value amounts to 7.9 million Euros.
Here at Kiel’s shunting station the combined transport train service from Hamburg-Billwerder arrives every workday as well as the direct trains from Italy. The trains are split in Meimersdorf and then go on to the terminals of Schwedenkai, Norwegenkai and Ostuferhafen to get a direct connection to the ferries to Scandinavia and to the Baltic States. In addition, block trains, chartered trains, wagon groups and wagonload freight are accepted.