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Captrain Polska – Your Goods in Good Hands

Captrain Polska today

Captrain Polska is an independent railway operator operating throughout Poland. As a part of the block train transports, the Company is able to handle both large orders and spot transports. Our customers include such large companies as ArcelorMittal Group or PCC Intermodal as well as smaller companies, including forwarding companies. At present, we mainly serve the steel and petrochemical industries, and the intermodal logistics market.

For many years, we have specialised in transporting long rails to Western Europe and the Balkans. Our “know how” in the transport of this exceptional cargo, specialist wagons, and equipment enabling our mobile repair group to improve the load almost all over Europe makes us an expert in this field. Fuel transport is another equally important area for us. Thanks to our diesel locomotives, we provide 24-hour services, including to the fuel base in Radzionków. However, the largest number of scheduled transports per day is provided by intermodal trains. Monthly, we deliver around 300 block trains between Frankfurt and Brześć, and Tricity and Central Poland.

As we are a member of the international group, we also offer foreign transports based on the offer of our sister companies, mainly in Germany, the Netherlands, and France. It is easier to coordinate individual carriers when the entire transport route is in one hand, including the faster transfer of trains through border points, and in particular, provides our customers with comfort associated with transferring risk to a single entity. Such a solution also allows us to make the most of our multi-system locomotives. Thanks to the cooperation agreements with the Lithuanian, Belorussian, and Ukrainian Railways, we offer cross-border transport to Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Captrain Polska is constantly working on expanding its railway rolling stock while making it also more universal. The first machine used by ITL Poland for transports in 2008 was the diesel locomotive BR120 (ST44), with a characteristic image of Chinese dragons. Currently, all locomotives are operated in the Captrain Group’s colours, i.e. in green, grey, and black. Today, Captrain Polska has a trouble-free railway rolling stock, which includes:

  • Traxx E186 DAPL (multi-system) electric locomotives by Bombardier
  • Electric locomotives EU07
  • Diesel locomotives BR232
  • Shunting locomotives
  • More than 230 wagons of different types (both coal and specialist wagons)

As Captrain Polska is a subsidiary of Captrain Deutschland GmbH, which is owned by one of Europe’s largest rail operators (SNCF), real technical facilities of Captrain Polska are much larger and can be flexibly adapted to customer expectations. The low failure rate of locomotives has been achieved thanks to maintaining the railway rolling stock in own repair base in Wołów. Today, we are carrying out inspections up to the P3 level, but we continue to retrofit the locomotive depot and train employees to be able to offer repairs and maintain locomotives up to the P4 level in the near future. For the currently owned railway rolling stock, see our website’s Gallery tab.

First years of economic activity

Captrain Polska was established in December 2006 as a subsidiary of the German railway company ITL International GmbH. Until October 2014, the Company operated on the market as ITL Polska Sp. z o.o. In the beginning, the company's operations were aimed at organizing transportation of depots initiated in Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, with their customers in Poland. In December 2007, the Company received a license to execute railway transportation of goods and provide traction units. One year later, Captrain Polska (then ITL Polska) was the first Polish railway carrier to receive the European Safety Certificate, Part A. In the beginning of 2009, ITL Polska received the European Safety Certificate, Part B, which allowed the company to implement transportation services under its own flag and on April 23, 2009 the first train that transported aggregate took its route. The finalization of ongoing negotiations between ITL Polska and the Belarusian Railways was an important event of 2009. On that year, an agreement was signed that provided the company with a possibility to cross the border in Brest, which opened the way to the CIS countries and further east. On January 21, 2010, a train run by ITL Polska going from the Czech Republic through Chałupki and Małaszewicze to Brest, opened a new chapter in the history of private international transportation.

Entering the SNCF structures

In 2008, the French National Railways SNCF Fret bought 75% of shares in ITL Interantional GmbH. In 2010, the SNCF acquired the remaining 25% of shares, thus bringing the German carrier to the Captrain group. The following map presents the group's territorial scope

In accordance with the strategy of the SNCF Geodis Group, it focuses the belonging freight carriers outside of France under the Captrain brand. Currently, Captrain is composed of companies located in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Romania, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. With a redesigned logo and upgraded resources, Captrain Polska will be a stronghold for the Group's operations in the easterly direction, including Ukraine and Belarus.

Captrain Deutschland

The largest Company in the group is Captrain Deutschland GmbH, which includes Captrain Polska. Captrain Deutschland was established in 2010 as a result of expansion of SNCF-Geodis in Central-Eastern Europe. The organizational structure created at that time was the result of painstaking analyses and it was aimed at optimizing logistic processes commissioned by Clients, while extending the offer with services provided. Captrain Deutschland GmbH offers innovative solutions in railway transportation by creating customized logistic concepts. By integrating modern locomotives, technologically advanced cars, traction and manoeuvre services as well as loading and unloading, Captrain Deutschland offers customized solutions to clients both at the local, regional and European levels. The company employs 1.040 people. In 2013, its turnover reached EUR 243 million.