Hamburg Rail Port

The quality of its connections to the hinterland are important for the success of an all-purpose port. Among European ports – and indeed worldwide – Hamburg is at the top as a rail port. HHLA terminals alone have handled more rail containers than any other port in Europe. Since right back at the start of the railway era, the port on the river Elbe has relied on this mode of transport and provides access to all of the terminals and facilities in the port via the track network of the port railway, which was founded in 1866. In the following articles, we highlight a number of aspects of this success.

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Mega-freighters at the Port of Hamburg

What happens with the gigantic container vessels at the quayside? And where do all the colourful steel boxes go?


Metrans’ Story of Success

Since 1991, the strong Metrans network grows and contributes greatly to the further development of Europe’s largest rail port Hamburg.



The rail terminal holds the record with exactly 813,100 Containers, making CTA Germany’s largest rail terminal.


On the track with the a Metrans shunter

Through the Port of Hamburg accompany an engine driver from the freight railway station "Alte Süderelbe" to the container terminals.



A good twelve percent of national rail freight traffic starts or ends in the port of Hamburg. The Port Railway works as a Central Control Centre.