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Crossing National Borders
 
  The Beginning… (1990's)
The story of the Rurtalbahn Cargo group begins with the existing operation of passenger trains by Dürener Kreisbahn (Düren county railways) in and around the city of Düren, which is located close to the border triangle Germany-Belgium-The Netherlands in the western part of the Federal Republic of Germany. In the metropolitan area of Düren, many industrial plants equipped with rail access are located. It quickly became clear that rail transport forms an attractive alternative compared to other modes of transport. Consequently, in 1996, Dürener Kreisbahn began to offer rail feeding services in the Düren area. Freight locomotives were intially acquired in 2000.

 

Internationalization (2000's)  

In 2002, after the rail business of Dürener Kreisbahn had partially been sold to R.A.T.H. Ltd., the company's freight activities were intensified. Due to rising freight volumes, additional expansion plans were undertaken in 2005. In 2006, Rurtalbahn aquired shares of Trainsport plc, a Belgian rail-freight operator, located in Raeren. In 2007, the Dutch branch, Rurtalbahn Benelux Ltd., was founded in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The engagement in additional European transport projects connecting the Western-European seaports with the German, Alpine and Eastern-European hinterland facilitated the growth of the group. In collaboration with different major European logistical companies, operational concepts for regular trains (intermodal, chemicals, automotive) on the corridors of continental rail-freight were developed. 

 

  Foundation of Rurtalbahn Cargo (2010's)
Despite the economic recession between 2008 and 2010, the rail-freight activities of Rurtalbahn faced steady growth. Consequently, in 2010, the cargo branch of Rurtalbahn Ltd. was separated from the passenger transportation operations and became incorporated into a new entity: Rurtalbahn Cargo Ltd., located in Aachen (Aix-la-Capelle), Germany. In 2011, R.A.T.H. Ltd. was able to gain the majority stake in Trainsport plc. The Belgian branched moved from Raeren to the port of Antwerp in the same year.