Railway Transportation

The transfer of products by rail – is essential to global trade and the process of international shipping. A shipment's journey would be incomplete without Railway Transportation.

What is a Railway Transportation Solution?

As your Railway Transportation freight forwarder, we believe in being the client's advocate. Our mission is to provide your logistical needs from China to the United States and Europe in the most cost-effective manner possible. The Trans-Siberian Train connects 12,000 kilometers of the Silk Road railway track via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Consequently, China's rail freight service to Europe and the United States is quickly becoming a preferred method of transporting merchandise. There are several issues that TopShipping's international clients face when using air freight and FCL/LCL ocean freight as their primary modes of transport. Using the China Railway from Central Asia to convey freight containers by rail has been essential in reducing transportation costs along the Silk Road environmentally. We have designed a rail freight solution that can address issues including production delays, high inventory levels, capacity limits, and long transit durations for our clients. For your goods, China railway container transport may be an alternative.

With TopShipping, you may ship from China, Japan and Korea, Korea, and Vietnam to the United States and Europe via Railway Transportation. Instead of going through Manzhouli, you can take Alashankou (16-18 days) (19-21 days). We'll figure out which rail routes are the most cost-effective for your company. Do you like to know more about the train schedules? Contact us.

We can promise to reduce stock levels by up to 40% by using freight trains as an alternative to air or ocean freight. At TopShipping, we have a team of Railway Transportation professionals who are dedicated to finding the best solution for your shipment.

Advantages of Railway Transportation
Fast delivery

It is possible to travel great distances quickly by train. Trains don't need to stop, and are not affected by traffic.


A better record of safety. Transporting merchandise by road is eight times more expensive than by train.

Safer Transportation

Cargo is less likely to get damaged during transport. Due to the high volume of freight and minimal packaging needs.

Weather Independent

The effects of the weather on Railway Transportation are minimal. Trains are affected very little by the environment.

The considerations to keep in mind while shipping by train

Door-to-door transport using intermodal means

When shipping by air or water, you must also consider the movement of your items before and after shipping. You must pack your goods in a container that you can rent from the rail operator's container depot if you want to ship them by rail. Moving goods to the container depot rather than hiring an empty container to load at your warehouse can save money if your warehouse is located close enough to the depot. On the other hand, railroad operators have substantially smaller depots compared to maritime ports. As a result, you'll need to carefully plan your transportation to and from the depot, as there is more limited storage space.

Restrictions on the transportation of goods between some countries

Some countries on the route are sanctioned or boycotted by the United States and Europe, and vice versa, meaning that some items may be prohibited for export to particular nations. Make sure all of your paperwork is done to avoid delays.

Temperature control

In terms of Railway Transportation, there is a substantial variation in ambient temperature over a short period. As a result, temperatures can vary greatly from place to place. Some commodities may be affected by these temperature fluctuations. Find out what precautions your logistics provider takes when transporting goods that need to be kept at an appropriate temperature throughout travel and storage. Existing modes of transportation can benefit from the reliability, speed, and efficiency that Railway Transportation offers. Our rail experts can show you how to save money while gaining speed with a rail solution that is right for you.

Disadvantages of Train Transportation
Slow Processing

Transit times are longer. stop looking for time-sensitive products.

No Customization

Railway Transportation is more rigid, but transport by vehicle is more adaptable.


In contrast to trucking, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution for freight transportation. High-volume products traveling great distances are typically transported by rail.


Although the train network is extensive, it is overcrowded.

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Why TopShipping?

Regardless of the state of the global economy, Railway Transportation is in high demand. High carrying capacity, rapidity, and optimum cargo security are all hallmarks of this segment's long-term viability and dynamic growth. Using Topshipping's services, its customers can take advantage of all the benefits of rail freight transport in Europe, the CIS, China, and other nations. Customer needs and cargo characteristics are considered, delivery routes are optimized, and costs are estimated. Regardless of the delivery location, Topshipping arranges rail freight transportation for any items in accordance with agreed-upon terms. A flexible pricing policy and good service quality are both made possible by our tight collaboration with reputable Partners.

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Advantages of Railway Transportation with TopShipping

Vast Experience

TopShipping has been doing air cargo shipping for many years. Our firm has learned the ins and outs of a wide range of sectors and operational best practices over the years to provide each client with the most effective solutions.

Reaching Over Various Geographical Locations

A network of offices has been established in 18 European and CIS countries. Our workers are fluent in various languages and are always available to assist our clients, no matter where they are or what time of day it is.

Comprehensive Service

TopShipping experts offer a wide range of services from one logistics operator, including transportation, customs clearance, insurance, warehousing, consulting, and project logistics.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support

Our worldwide logistics team is transporting medical supplies, and urgent freight demands as supply chains deal with the challenges caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. In the meantime, please let us know if we can assist you with your logistics needs.

What are our capabilities?

Time is the most important element in our lives. By the same token, companies seek to meet their needs as soon as possible. Here's some more reason to why you should choose us:

  • Oversized products can be transported by rail in purpose-built wagons, as well as automobiles and vehicles.
  • Rail freight transport of perishable goods.
  • Maintenance of specific temperatures by the use of refrigerated and isothermic thermo-wagons.
  • Carriage of over 120 m3 of bulk, light, and compact freight.
  • Transporting commodities over great distances at "passenger" speeds using high-speed trains.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How long does it take for train freight to go from China to the United States and Europe?

With block trains, a trip from one terminal to the next typically takes 16 to 19 days, depending on the starting and terminating points.

2) What's the total number of stops on the route?

Because of the disparity in rail gauges, the train must make at least two stops to transfer the container. (Russian Gauge: 1,520mm; European & China Gauge: 1,435mm)

3) How frequently are rail freight trains hauling cargo run?

The number of weekly departures varies depending on the origin terminal.

4) Using Railway Transportation, how safe is my cargo?

The border terminals for Railway Transportation are similarly safeguarded to those for ocean liners. A train can't be halted; thus, the risks of your cargo being stolen are comparable to those of ocean freight.

5) Compared to other modes of transport, do shipping containers have any unique loading requirements?

Vibration-isolating pallets can be used to protect delicate cargo. Rail freight operators often want photos of the loading procedure before and after to ensure a smooth customs process.

6) What's a container's maximum weight capacity?

Due to the use of ISO standard 40ft containers, the weight of each container is currently the same as that of an Ocean Freight Container. Container

7) Is it possible to ship a 20-foot container by rail freight?

We recommend that you use a 40-footer. A shipping container must be reserved with the operator to transport goods by rail. A 40-foot shipping container can fit in a single rail car. Two 20-foot containers can be loaded. To make the most efficient use of the limited rail freight capacity, railcar operators often offload containers at terminals and wait for an additional 20ft before continuing the journey.

Want to know more?

When it comes to transporting big amounts of products across vast distances at a low cost, nothing beats Railway Transportation. Freight trains in countries like India, China, and the United States, which have enormous landmasses and extensive rail networks, play an important role in both internal and international shipping.

Types of rail cargo

  • Fruits and vegetables, clothing, etc., are examples of consumer goods.
  • The term "bulk cargo" refers to goods that have not been packaged, palletized, or shipped in containers. The freight train is a container since it is a mode of transportation. Dry bulk and liquid bulk are two different types of bulk freight. Examples of dry bulk include grains, salt, cement, and coal, whereas liquid bulk examples include oil and fuel.
  • Shippers must break down large shipments into smaller parts before loading or unloading them to ship them. The breakbulk cargo includes machinery, equipment, and wood logs.
  • It is not uncommon for special cargo to include automobiles (temperature-sensitive commodities like perishable foods), large or over-dimensional cargo (ODC), and steel pallets.
  • Liquid petroleum gas, crude oil, ethanol, and other potentially harmful substances are all examples of hazardous materials. These products are subject to both national and international norms and regulations because they pose health and safety issues.

Freight wagon classifications

An engine pulls a train consisting of freight wagons. Based on the cargo, freight wagons used in Railway Transportation come in a variety of shapes and sizes:

  • If weather protection is required, it is possible to use an open or closed hopper to transport dry bulk materials such as grains and minerals. A hopper's doors open either from the sides or the bottom.
  • The open-topped wagon moves heavy, high-density dry bulk like steel pipes and coils. Lower than a hopper, it makes it easier to load.
  • The purpose of the container wagon is to transport shipping containers. India, for example, has container wagons that are double-stacked, resulting in significant savings in both capacity and personnel and energy use for the country. ICDs (inland container depots) in India and Maharashtra are connected by intermodal freight trains to ports, such as the Nhava Sheva port in Maharashtra. If you're bringing anything in, you'd have to travel the other way around.
  • Perishable and temperature-sensitive cargo such as milk, meat, and other food items can be transported in this wagon type.
  • Multiple wheels and two lifting arms are used to transport big and oversized items in the Schnabel wagon. Several pivots and frames are attached to the arms to provide an even weight distribution of the cargo.
  • Carrying items that need to be sheltered from the weather in a boxcar. One or more doors can be found on each side of the structure. The container wagon has made it less common.

Classifications of freight wagons include:

  • To move iron ore, open box wagons with high sides and sideloading are used, and open wagons with low sides.
  • Covered wagons. These can be single or double-decker, and they are used to move cars.
  • Kerosene, gasoline, and other petroleum products are transported in tank wagons.
  • These include, for example, milk wagons that can transport 40,000 gallons of milk at 4 degrees Celsius and cement and aluminum wagons.