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History

On 11 February 1969, 56 road transport companies and truck haulage contractors founded the Kombiverkehr limited partnership with the aim of “encouraging the organisation and execution of the transport of trucks and exchangeable superstructures by rail for their limited partners, without detriment to the latter’s role as freight operators”, to quote from the original Articles of Association. Under the motto "40 years of Kombiverkehr - 40 years of successful Combined Transport" the company presents the following important milestones of its corporate history:

 

  • Launch of the first four unaccompanied Combined Transport lines and the first Rolling Road in July and October 1969 respectively
  • Acquisition of the first “piggy packer” in 1973 for the mobile craning of loading units
  • Launch of services on the legendary Rolling Road between Ingolstadt (later Manching) and Brennersee in the 1980s
  • The first shuttle trains on the routes Cologne - Busto Arsizio/Verona and Nuremberg/Munich - Verona in 1992
  • Launch of the national block train network “Kombi-Netz 2000+” right at the start of the new millennium
  • Deutsche Bahn joins the Kombiverkehr limited partnership with a 50 per cent holding in 2002, although the redrafted Articles of Association still guarantee the neutrality of the company
  • The millionth truck consignment is loaded at Hamburg-Billwerder in December 2007, making Kombiverkehr the first European operator to succeed in transferring such a number of shipments from road to rail in the space of one year