More than 50 years TFG

In 1969, the combined transport industry was started in the port of Hamburg, Germany. On April 14 of the very same year, TFG Transfracht's success story began to unfold. For over 50 years, TFG Transfracht has been a reliable partner for transport logistics in support of container transport.

Much has changed since then – the market has been shifting rapidly as volume has grown and, with it, quality. Today, with our AlbatrosExpress network, the densest rail network in the seaport hinterland transport industry, we can proudly call itself the market leader in combined freight transport to and from Germany's seaports.

With 1,000,352 TEU in the year of our 50th anniversary, we succeed together with our customers and partners in breaking the 1 million TEU mark , thus setting another milestone in TFG´s corporate history. in 2019, the year it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

More than 50 years of success


1969: Transfracht Deutsche Transportgesellschaft mbH is founded as a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, coinciding with the inception of the combined freight transport industry. The company's mandate is to develop the German container transport market and provide services on it. (Transporting German containers)

1970: Transported approximately 6,000 TEU.

1971: Ocean container transport is shifted to TFG, which opens sales offices to establish an on-site presence in the German cities of Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. TFG transports more than 100,000 TEU.

1972: Delivery of 300 folding side-wall containers. This new container type from TFG and Deutsche Bahn significantly improves the competitiveness of German container transport.

1976: TFG's share of the rail container transport market to and from Germany's seaports grows to some 75%.

1977: TFG increases the range of services it offers to include idle container services (handling, repair, storage and signaling system) in cooperation with Buss, a company based in Hamburg. TFG begins offering services in the German city of Frankfurt am Main and expands service centers throughout the country.

1980: DB's large containers are approved for use in international rail transport, making TFG and Deutsche Bahn pioneers of the domestic European container transport market.

1985: The number of containers transported by TFG exceeds half a million for the first time.

1987: TFG introduces computer-aided container disposition.

1990: Combined transport in former East Germany is integrated. The former East German rail terminals are connected to the existing CT network. Deutsche Reichsbahn, the rail company of former East Germany, becomes a shareholder.

1991: TFG transports approximately 7.5 million tons.

1996: TFG reorients to focus solely on seaport hinterland transport and international transport. At this time, TFG has 8,000 of its own containers for German and European transport.

1998: AlbatrosExpress is founded – today, it is the densest seaport hinterland rail network to and from Germany's seaports.

1999: Austria is added to the TFG network and later rebranded AlbatrosExpress Austria.

2000: The rail freight transport market is liberalized – the first competitors launch their businesses.

2002: Turntable introduced through the German city of Maschen.

2003: TFG enters into e-commerce: First container is booked online on "E-Services," TFG's booking platform.

2005: TFG is the first operator to offer online tracking and tracing. 50% HHLA.

2006: Switzerland is added to the TFG network and later rebranded AlbatrosExpress Switzerland. Company name under: TFG Transfracht Internationale Gesellschaft für kombinierten Güterverkehr mbH & Co. KG.

2009: The market leader in seaport hinterland transport celebrates its 40th anniversary! TFG opens a branch office in Austria.

2012: 100% Deutsche Bahn.

2013: The Czech Republic is added to the TFG network – AlbatrosExpress Czech Republic.

2015: The network links over 15,000 cities and 25 terminals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Transported volume is 900,000 TEU and there are more than 13,500 rail connections with 270 trains running per week. More than 80 depots are linked to the network.

2017: box2rail is launched. Wilhelmshaven is the third port to be linked to the German seaports. ISO certifications is received for the first time (DIN ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015).

2018: TFG transports some 950,000 TEU.

2019: Company name unter: TFG Transfracht GmbH. TFG celebrates its 50th anniversary! Direct connections to the southern port of Koper and the western port of Rotterdam. Transport of 1,000,000 TEU mark (1,000.352) cracked. Connection of the Duisburg and Ludwigshafen terminals.

2020: New connections: Terminal Graz, terminal Bremen Roland, terminal Wolfurt, Port of Antwerp, Port of Stuttgart. Start of AlbatrosExpress West with daily connections from/to Rotterdam & Antwerp. Start of the Sustainability Initiative TFGreen.

2021: Connection of bayernhafen Passau and Italy (Verona & Milan).

2022: Connection of Osnabrück and Billwerder (Port of Hamburg).