Deutsche Bahn

Train path offer

Customers interested in booking train paths on the rail freight corridors have the option to choose between two products especially designed for the international rail freight.

  • Pre-Arranged Paths (PAPs) are part of the annual timetable and offer customers the possibility to book train paths for rail freights planned in a long-term perspective. Pre-Arranged Paths are internationally cross-border coordinated train paths, that are published in a train path catalogue 11 months before timetable change.
  • Reserve Capacity (RC) is part of the ad-hoc timetable and can be booked at the latest 30 days before the train depature on the corridors Rhine-Alpine, Scandinavian-Mediterranean, Atlantic and North Sea-Baltic. With the Reserve Capacity international rail freight customers have the possibility to a more flexible booking of the train path in the short-term

The booking of PAPs and RCs are carried out by the customer of the international rail freight exclusively via the international booking tool PCS (Path Coordination System). For this purpose, RNE and the Corridor One-Stop Shops (C-OSS) offer trainings free of charge.

Corridor One-Stop-Shop (C-OSS)

As a result of its interface function, the C-OSS represents for customers of the international rail freight the single point of contact regarding requests related to corridor capacities. It is the responsibility of the C-OSS manager to operate and allocate the Pre-Arranged-Paths (PAPs) and Reserve Capacities (RC) on behalf of the involved infrastructure manager/allocation bodies of the respective corridor.

The C-OSS manager processes requests in line with the harmonized priority rules that guarantee a non-discriminatory and consistent booking of train paths on the RFC network.

Each corridor disposes a responsible C-OSS manager. Requests regarding multiple RFCs are processed in cooperation with the involved C-OSS managers.

Path Coordination System (PCS)

Paths requests made by customers must be submitted via PCS. DB Netz AG has compiled recommendations and elaborated a guideline that support corridor users with the handling of corridor capacity requests. Further information can be found on the web page of RailNetEurope (RNE) following the link: http://pcs.rne.eu/