October 10 - Austrian logistics company Prangl GmbH has handled the shipment of a tram from Romania to Germany.
The 'Imperio' tram is the first to have been manufactured entirely in Romania and is currently one of only three in existence.
It was making its world premiere at the Innotrans Fair in Berlin and such was the significance of the occasion that the manufacturer impressed upon Prangl the importance of schedule reliability - any delay would ruin the Romanian manufacturer's plans for the premiere.
The 37-tonne tram was conveyed by a four-axle lorry with an eight-axle special rail trailer, giving an overall total transport length of 39.75 m. With excellent cooperation from all the relevant authorities, the manufacturer, cargo escort companies, police, and Prangl team, the transport through four countries was incident free.
However, on arrival at the exhibition hall, the track gauge available on site in Berlin was deemed to be not appropriate and Prangl suggested that the tram should stay on the its trailer for presentation at the trade fair.
Prangl reports that the journey from Arad in Romania to Berlin, as well as the return was performed to the customer's complete satisfaction.