DB Schenker Rail

DB Schenker Rail
DB Schenker Rail
Type Private
Industry Logistics
Founded 2000
Headquarters Mainz, Germany
Products Rail Transport
Revenue 3.7 billion
Employees 25,000
Subsidiaries DB Schenker Rail Deutschland
DB Schenker Rail Nederland
DB Schenker Rail Danmark
DB Schenker Rail Italia
DB Schenker Rail Schweiz
Website www.rail.dbschenker.de

DB Schenker Rail (formerly known as Railion) is a European (mainly German) railway cargo carrier. The company was formed from the freight operating section of the Deutsche Bahn DB Cargo with the addition of various European rail freight operating companies.

In December 2007 Railion became part of the DB Schenker logistics group, itself a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn and, in early 2009, it was renamed to DB Schenker Rail.



The present company is the result of the merger of DB Cargo AG with NS Cargo NV. Later, the Danish cargo company DSB merged into the company. It further acquired the |Italian cargo carrier Strade Ferrate del Mediterraneo (SFM) in 2004 and further acquired the Swiss cargo carrier Brunner Rail Services GmbH. In addition it purchased a 20 percent stake in Swiss BLS Cargo AG in 2007. In 2008 it increased its stake in BLS Cargo AG to 40 percent.

In 2008 the Railion brand was replaced with the rebranding of the whole DB logistics organisation into a common recognisable brand; named DB Schenker.[1]

In 2011, DB Schenker Rail signed an agreement with Lietuvos Geležinkeliai to increase cross-border services with the Baltic states.[2]


The holding company is based in Mainz. 92% of the shares are held by DB AG (through its Logistics subsidiary DB Schenker), 6% by NV Nederlandse Spoorwegen and 2% by Danske Statsbaner.

It uses different names for in each country where it operates, namely:

  • DB Schenker Rail Danmark in Denmark (formerly DSB Gods, then Railion Scandinavia) (DB Schenker Rail Danmark is owned by DB Schenker GmbH (51%) and Green Cargo (49%))
  • DB Schenker Rail Deutschland in Germany (formerly DB Cargo, then Railion Deutschland)
  • DB Schenker Rail Italia in Italy (formerly SFM, then Railion Italia)
  • DB Schenker Rail Nederland in the Netherlands (formerly NS Cargo, then Railion Nederland) (NS Cargo merged with Railion in 2000[3])
  • DB Schenker Rail Polska in Poland (bought as PCC Rail)
  • DB Schenker Rail Schweiz in Switzerland (formerly Brunner Rail Services GmbH, then Railion Schweiz)
  • DB Schenker Rail UK in the United Kingdom (bought as English, Welsh & Scottish Railway).
  • DB Schenker Rail Romania, renamed from the Romanian subsidiary Logistic Services Danubius (LSD) in 2011.[4][5]

See also

  • Transportation in Germany
  • Transportation in the Netherlands


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