21.7.17

MARCO POLO'S BACK HAUL

It's manufactured goods, not silks, from Cathay, and Spanish rice and now Pilsener and Budweiser beer, and perhaps the beer glasses, eastbound.
The first eastbound container service from Praha to Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province left the Metrans container terminal at Praha-Uhříněves at 11.35 on July 19, carrying 40 wagons loaded with 80 containers of export goods including beer, crystal glass and automotive parts with a total value of US$5m.

The 40 ft containers are expected to cover the 11 000 km route via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan in 16 days, with transhipment to and from 1520 mm gauge wagons at the Poland/Belarus border and at Dostyk on the Kazakhstan/China border.
No double stacking, but I bet the transloading of containers on and off the Russian-gauge flats is accomplished more expeditiously than the rubbering of containers from one railroad to another at Chicago.

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