The first freight train linking China and Spain has completed a round trip on the world’s longest railway line.
The train, which is operated by CF International Logistics, has now completed more than 25,750km on the new Yixin’ou cargo line and reached China with wine, olive oil and cured ham from Europe, The Independent reported.
The train started its maiden journey from Yiwu in coastal China in November 2014, carrying cargo comprising toys, stationery and other items intended for sale across Europe.
In December last year, the train arrived at the Abroñigal freight terminal in Madrid, Spain after covering more than 13,000km, passing through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France.
CF International Logistics manager Li Huihuan was quoted by the Independent as saying: "The cargo train will boost economic exchange between Yiwu, the world’s largest small commodity market, and Madrid, Europe’s largest small-commodity market."
The train was able to transport goods earlier than the shipping duration between the freight points.
This rail link between China and Spain is said to be longer than Russia’s Trans-Siberian railway connecting Moscow to Vladivostok near Russia’s border with China.
The governor of Zhejiang province in China earlier called this route as ’21st century Silk Road’.
InterRail Services and DB Schenker Rail and DB’s Spanish offshoot, Tranfesa, in Spain, will serve as operators of the freight service.