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.

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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. Our team of Railway Transportation professionals at TopShipping is dedicated to finding the best solution for your shipment.

Advantages Of Railway Transportation

Fast delivery

This freight way is one of the most efficient in terms of time.

Safe & Secure

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

Safer Transportation

Transport is less likely to damage the cargo. Due to the high volume of freight and minimal packaging needs

Weather Independent

The effects of the weather on Railway Transportation are minimal. The environment affects trains very little.

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

To avoid delays, ensure that you complete all necessary paperwork as some countries on the shipping route may be subject to sanctions or boycotts by the United States and Europe, and vice versa. This means that certain items may be prohibited for export to specific nations.

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. Find out what precautions your logistics provider takes to transport goods that require appropriate temperature control throughout travel and storage, as temperature fluctuations may affect certain commodities. 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.

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Why TopShipping is the best?

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. We optimize delivery routes by considering customer needs and cargo characteristics. Regardless of the delivery location, Topshipping arranges rail freight transportation for any items in accordance with agreed-upon terms.Our tight collaboration with reputable partners enables us to offer a flexible pricing policy and ensure good service quality. 

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


Transporting high-volume products traveling great distances by rail is not a one-size-fits-all solution for freight transportation, unlike trucking.


Despite its extensive reach, the train network is overcrowded

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.
  • Goods that have not been packaged, palletized, or shipped in containers are referred to as “bulk cargo”. 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:

  • Dry bulk materials such as grains and minerals can be transported using an open or closed hopper if weather protection is needed. The hopper has doors that open from either the sides or the bottom. The open-topped wagon, which is lower than a hopper, is used to transport heavy, high-density dry bulk like steel pipes and coils, making it easier to load.
  • Container wagons are designed to transport shipping containers, with India’s double-stacked container wagons resulting in significant savings in capacity, personnel, and energy use for the country. Intermodal freight trains connect ICDs in India and Maharashtra to ports such as the Nhava Sheva port in Maharashtra, enabling the transportation of goods from ports to inland locations. Perishable and temperature-sensitive cargo such as milk, meat, and other food items can be transported in this wagon type.
  • The Schnabel wagon is designed to transport big and oversized items using multiple wheels and two lifting arms. Several pivots and frames are attached to the arms to distribute the weight evenly.
  • Boxcars are used to transport items that require shelter from the weather, with one or more doors on each side of the structure. However, the use of container wagons has made boxcars 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions​

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

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)

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

Railway Transportation companies similarly safeguard their border terminals to those of ocean liners. Cargo theft risks during rail transportation are comparable to those during ocean freight because trains cannot be halted.

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

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

We recommend that you use a 40-footer. To transport goods by rail using a shipping container, it is necessary to reserve the container with the operator. A 40-foot shipping container can fit in a single rail car. It is possible to load two 20-foot containers. 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.