Company History

Purchase of first freight locomotives

The history of RTB CARGO is closely intertwined with the history of Rurtal railway and therefore, with the town and district of Düren. Already in 1996, Rurtal railway has started delivery tours of different goods by rail as an alternative to road logistics. First freight locomotives were purchased in 2000

Sale to RATH

On 26th November 2002 the Supervisory Board of Rurtalbahn GmbH passed a resolution on the sale of 74.9 % of shares in RATH GmbH. Together with the district of Düren, RATH GmbH is now not only the operator of regional passenger rail transport in Düren, but also of the goods transport divisio

2006 – 2007 expansion

As early as in 2005 Rurtal railway decided to expand its goods transport. Shares in TrainsporT AG in Belgium were purchased in 2006, and Rurtalbahn Cargo Benelux B.V. was incorporated in 2007. The goods transport division of Rurtal railway has continued to develop until it has become a goods transport company on an international scale and now operates the largest sea ports of Europe at first hand

Move to Aachen

Due to the strong growth of the goods transport division of Rurtal railway, also during the financial crisis of 2008, the goods transport was span-off into an independent limited liability company under the name of Rurtalbahn Cargo GmbH. One year later, Rurtalbahn Cargo moved from Düren to Aachen where new premises were acquired

In-house software products

In cooperation between Rurtalbahn Cargo GmbH and RATH subsidiary, VISCOM Datensysteme GmbH, software products were developed in the area of planning, control centre, marketing and controlling. Rurtalbahn Cargo GmbH increasingly resorted to in-house software products and developed them by a continuous exchange with the colleagues from VISCOM

Change of name and expansion to Austria

In 2016 Rurtalbahn Cargo changed its name to RTB CARGO. Henceforth, the company has operated under the same brand name in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The year before, in december,  RTB CARGO also expanded to Austria and opened an office in Bergheim near Salzburg

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Locomotive fleet

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Transport volume

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