• China-Europe freight trains make 10,000 trips since 2011

  • Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.
Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

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  by ConstanceR46
 
There actually is a (Conventional, sleeper) train between Moscow and Beijing - the Vostok (East). If you transfer from the Moscow-Berlin train, the "Swift", you can theoretically make a train-only journey from most of Western Europe to China.
  by David Benton
 
Report: Chinese trains departed for Europe mostly empty
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... stly-empty

The linked article.
https://www.inkstonenews.com/business/w ... le/3023705
Whilst this doesn't provide any proof, it doesn't take to much imagination to believe this was happening. OTOH, I doubt they would have trouble filling an empty container, even if they charged sea rates, they would make more than sending it empty and claiming the subsidy alone.

The current rate of empties seems normal for any service, so perhaps it has been worked out.