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Why does thyssenkrupp Steel have its own railway operation?

The plants are supplied with raw materials by rail, and finished steel products are also transported to other thyssenkrupp locations and customers. At the Duisburg location, this amounts to around 64 million tons of material each year. The plant railway transports raw materials such as ore, coal, coke, sinter and lime to the blast furnaces and liquid pig iron from the blast furnaces to the steelworks. The slabs are then transported to the hot strip mills and the coils produced there are moved to the downstream processing units.

What is the purpose of the ‘Grünstrasse’ marshalling yard shown here?

Wagons loaded with raw or finished materials are collected here and scheduled for onward transport to internal and external production plants and customers. The station is located at the heart of thyssenkrupp Steel’s 400-kilometer rail network and forms the hub to the ports and individual production sites.

Where does the thyssenkrupp Steel track network end?

The thyssenkrupp track network has no clear-cut terminus since it is connected to that of Deutsche Bahn, which, in turn, interfaces with the railroad networks of neighboring countries. In practice, however, only the tracks located on the factory premises are maintained by thyssenkrupp.

Who is responsible for operating the thyssenkrupp Steel railroad?

The Logistics business unit bears overall responsibility. The actual work, however, is performed by around 900 employees of the Railway Operations and Railway Technology departments, who ensure that everything runs smoothly. The jobs involved include locomotive drivers, wagon masters, and signalmen. By the way, at thyssenkrupp Steel you can also train to be a switchman and locomotive engineer.

Marshalling Yards at thyssenkrupp Steel – Interesting Facts:

  • 4

    Marshalling yards

  • 400

    kilometer total track length

  • 900

    employees

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