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Danes ban pocket wagons

Following the fatal rail accident on the Great Belt Bridge, the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority (TBST) has banned the use of pocket wagons throughout the Danish rail network, at least until 21st January

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Danes ban pocket wagons

On 2nd January, six people died and 16 were injured when a passenger train hit a trailer that had blown off a freight train in high winds. The freight train, operated by DB Cargo, was transporting products from the Carlsberg brewery in Fredericia to Copenhagen


The ban, announced on 8th January, applies to all types of pocket wagons, irrespective of any type or model. Pocket wagons are often universal intermodal wagons able to transport containers and swap bodies as well as trailers, so intermodal traffic could be severely disrupted. In 2017, 111,000 UTI were transported by rail on the fixed link, of which around 40% were moved on pocket wagons.


A post-accident check indicated that the trailers may not have been properly secured. To guarantee safety in the intermodal railway transportation in future, TBST has made eight demands that must be met by the rail operator, who must also provide secure loading documentation. The new regulations also cover speed limits according to wind forces.


  • 16th January update. TBST has authorised CFL Cargo and TX logistic AG to use pocket wagons on the Danish rail network, following a check of documentation and proof of loading process. The service between Padborg and Verona has been reintroduced. However, DB Cargo, which operates six different types of pocket wagon, compared to one type operated by CFL and TX, has not yet received a permit and process and documentation have to be established for each type. It is currenty using containers for the Carlsberg transports.
  • 18th January update. DB Cargo pocket wagons have been reauthorised.
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