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DB Schenker Customer Success Story

Moving Rail Wagons Across Land and Sea 

A manufacturer of railway track maintenance machines, Speno International SA plays an important role in the ongoing success of the world’s railways. A developer of highly-specialized trains and machines used for rail grinding, the company extends the life of railroad tracks, reduces ongoing maintenance costs associated with those tracks, and offers commuters a smoother, more enjoyable train ride.    

Connecting the World by Train 

When the Haramain high-speed railway (Wikipedia) opened in Saudi Arabia, the 280-mile-long high-speed inter-city rail transport system linked the Muslim holy cities of Medina and Mecca via King Abdullah Economic City. The train transports 60 million passengers a year on 35 trains, each of which seats 417 people and moves at a speed of 200 miles per hour. 

Managing the Complete Logistics Process 

Contracted to perform maintenance on a train that measured 75 meters in length and comprised six entire rail cars, Speno worked with DB Schenker to implement a logistics strategy that would manage everything from ocean shipping to customs clearance to heavy hauling to loading/offloading the train, which had to be shipped back to Europe for maintenance and grinding.

A Very Important Project with Tight Timelines 

For DB Schenker, this project entailed offloading operations from Mafi to six hydraulic platform trailers, managing temporary import customs clearance for the Port of Jeddah, and managing the heavy hauling from that port to the Saabar Site, which is 70 miles from the port. 

The offloading process required two 250-ton cranes (and a 4X4 forklift to support the cranes), to handle the assembly and dismantling operations.

“This was a very important project with tight timelines,” says Muhamed Yousuf, Project Manager for Schenker Saudi Arabia, LLC, “and it all needed to be completed in the most economical way possible.”