Christmas came early: DB Schenker Rail UK’s August preparations help ensure stock hits the stores in time.(DB Schenker Rail UK)


60054 in snow at Peak Forest. Photo credit:Vincent Sakalis.  

DB Schenker Rail UK has been busy making sure that festive products reached shop shelves in time for Christmas, with its intermodal services from the Ports of London Gateway, Southampton and Felixstowe.

To help Santa deliver goodies across the UK, DB Schenker Rail UK transports containers full of seasonal products by rail to major cities in the Midlands, North of England and Scotland.

Products delivered by DB Schenker Rail UK include clothing, footwear, Christmas decorations, toys, seasonal food, electrical goods and artificial Christmas trees.

Planning for the festive season started early. DB Schenker Rail UK colleagues across Britain started co-ordinating deliveries on high speed intermodal services back in August.

Our Customer Service Representative Ian Cox has been booking containers, full of Christmas goodies, onto our Southampton to Burton Service since the summer.

Whilst Rail and Sea Shipment Co-ordinator Ruth Loader and Customer Service Representatives Joe Mullett and Kevin Harmer have offered their services to Santa by moving stock for the high street into the Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire on DB Schenker Rail UK’s Southampton to Bift, Southampton to Trafford Park and Felixstowe to Wakefield container services.

David Cross, Head of Intermodal, said:

“We understand how challenging Santa’s logistical operations can be and we are glad to offer our assistance through our intermodal services.

“Our rail freight operations are an integral part of the Christmas season as many of the goods found under the tree and on the table with the turkey were delivered by our trains.  

“Rail is also recognised as a more environmentally friendly form of transport than road, making it a great option for our customers’ Christmas deliveries.”