DB Schenker Rail

DB Schenker Rail
Industry Logistics
Founded 2000
Headquarters Mainz, Germany
Products Rail Transport
Revenue 3.7 billion
Number of employees
Subsidiaries DB Schenker Rail Deutschland
DB Schenker Rail Nederland
Euro Cargo Rail
DB Schenker Rail Danmark
DB Schenker Rail Italia
DB Schenker Rail Schweiz
DB Schenker Rail Polska
DB Schenker Rail UK
DB Schenker Rail Romania
Website www.rail.dbschenker.de

DB Cargo (formerly known as DB Schenker Rail and 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, in March 1, 2016 to DB Cargo.


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The present company is the result of the merger of DB Cargo AG with NS Cargo NV. Later, the Danish cargo company DSB Gods (literally DSB Cargo) 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:

See also


  1. The new brand architecture of the DB Group (Deutsche Bahn AG) www.schenker.gr
  2. "Railway Gazette: DB Schenker Rail to serve Baltic States". 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  3. "DB And NS Sign Freight Merger Deal.(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)". elibrary.ibtimes.com. International Railway Journal. 1 October 1999.
  4. "DB Schenker Rail Romania (Romania DBSR)". www.rail.dbschenker.de (in German). Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  5. "Logistic Services Danubius renamed DB Schenker Rail Romania". transportjournal.com. 18 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26.
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