First comes water, then come the tracks. All about 200 kilometres of them – because that is the current length of our rail infrastructure. The ports of Bremen are traditional railway ports and we are increasingly digitising our rail operations. With stations in Bremerhaven, Bremen Grolland and at Bremen’s Inlandshafen, our terminal railway is an efficient interface between the hinterland and the ports.
Three further tracks link the freight village GVZ Bremen, the industrial park Hansalinie Bremen and the fishing port Bremerhaven with the national rail network.
The Senator for Economy, Ports and Transformation represents Bremen in the capacity of public rail infrastructure manager “Bremische Hafeneisenbahn“. bremenports GmbH & Co. KG attends to the planning, maintenance and construction of new infrastructure on behalf of the Federal Land of Bremen. DB Netz AG is responsible for operations management and the service facilities.
Terms and conditions of use and charges
Customers who wish to user the service facilities of Bremen’s terminal railway first have to sign an infrastructure usage agreement with the Senator for Economy, Ports and Transformation of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.
Use of the facilities is governed by the General and Special Terms and Conditions. Information about the structure and level of the user charges is provided in the Charging Structure and the list of charges (only available in German).
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The innovative IT system for Bremen’s terminal railway
PRINOS is the acronym for the new Port Railway Information System, which has been available since 2022. PRINOS facilitates capacity planning, dispatching and billing processes at Bremen’s terminal railway. This smart customer portal enables efficient communication between authorised users, providers of shunting services and the terminals. The system has been expanded to include the interface to TAF TSI Train Composition Message to enable digital transmission of these messages.
Bremen’s terminal railway operates four service facilities in Bremen: Bremen station, the industrial through track to the freight village, as well as Bremen’s Inlandshafen and Hemelingen stations.
The station at Bremen Grolland acts as a train formation facility for the adjacent port of Neustädter Hafen, which the BLG Group uses as a transhipment terminal primarily for break-bulk, and for the industrial through track at Bremen’s freight village with its combined transport terminal operated by Roland Umschlaggesellschaft.
Roughly eight of the 31.5 kilometres of track at Grolland station are electrified. The industrial through tracks for the freight village account for around 10.5 kilometres. The arrival and departure sidings are electrified and there is a brake testing system on the departure tracks of the train formation facility.
Numerous trading and transhipment companies that provide both shore and waterside services are located at Industriehäfen and the Überseestadt district in Bremen. There are also a number of traditional industrial firms and manufacturers. Rail traffic from the hinterland means there is highly diversified transport business with containers, break-bulk and bulk cargoes.
The most important sidings at Bremen Inlandshafen station are:
- Roland Mills United GmbH & Co. KG
- Griepe Container GmbH
- J. MÜLLER Weser GmbH & Co. KG
- HGM Energy GmbH
- TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG
- Weserport GmbH
Various maritime business enterprises have set up an association called Initiative Stadtbremische Häfen e.V. (ISH) to promote the ports in the city of Bremen. For details of the member companies, please refer to the ISH member list.
The rail infrastructure at Bremen Inlandshafen station covers a total of 46.9 km of railway tracks and includes various shunting sidings as well as a complex network of feeder tracks. The arrival and departure sidings as well as 11 kilometres of shunting tracks are electrified.
Hemelingen industrial through track provides the track infrastructure for the Weser port at Hemelingen, which handles bulk cargo, and for the adjacent Hansalinie industrial park. The six-kilometre long through track provides a link to the station in Bremen-Hemelingen operated by DB Netz.
bremenports operates two major service facilities in Bremerhaven: Überseehafen in the north of the city, and Fischereihafen in the south.
Überseehafen in Bremerhaven is one of the largest transhipment terminals for containers and automobiles anywhere in Europe. Some of the terminals at the port specialise in handling specific types of cargo, such as fruit and vegetables.
The track facilities of Bremen’s terminal railway consist of the stations Kaiserhafen, Nordhafen, Imsumer Deich, Weddewarder Tief, and our own sidings at Speckenbüttel station on the outskirts of Bremerhaven which is operated by DB Netz AG . This adds up to a total of 72.6 kilometres, 47.5 kilometres of which are electrified. The station also has brake testing facilities on all departure tracks, 16 stabling sidings for shunting locomotives and four electrified stabling sidings for main-line locomotives.
The most important transhipment terminals linked to the terminal railway in Bremerhaven are:
- Container Terminals I and II/III, operated by the Eurogate Group
- Container Terminal IV, NTB
- Auto Terminal, BLG LOGISTICS GROUP
Fischereihafen in the south of Bremerhaven has its own rail connection which comes from Bremerhaven Wulsdorf station which is operated by DB Netz AG. The industrial through track is currently 7.1 kilometres long. There are plans to gradually reactivate and renew other track sections over the next few years.
Terminal railway sidings
Of the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven
The service facilities of Bremen’s terminal railway provide links to the national rail network for a large number of private sidings. Cooperation is handled on the basis of a rail infrastructure connection agreement. The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has entrusted bremenports GmbH & Co. KG with management of these contracts.
In the flyer "Set signals, set the course" you will find the new federal siding funding from March 2021.
Information and documents on federal siding subsidies can be found on the website of the Federal Railway Authority.