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The history of Transfesa - the history of European railways

Transfesa's origins date back to 1943, and its growth is inextricably linked to the development of the railway in Europe.

Today, such long-term experience in the industry is one of the company's unique values as it focuses its logistics strategy on the promotion and development of complete "door to door" solutions, with the railway at its very heart.

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Company milestones

  • 1943: Founding of the company.  The first service runs from Cañaveral to Barcelona carrying 4,500 cattle and sheep heads in a high capacity train of 4-axle wagons.
  • 1950: The first axle change facilities are built in Hendaye.
  • 1951: International transportation begins.
  • 1958Transfesa transfers "The Maids of Honour” painting by Diego Veláquez from the Prado Museum in Madrid to the National Gallery in London.
  • 1969: Leading European car factories stimulate the international traffic of automobile components.
  • 1983Transfesa is listed on the Stock Exchange for the first time.
  • 1991: New Headquarters open in Madrid - a smart bio-architectural building with the latest facilities.
  • 2003: International traffic to Asia begins, crossing the Turkish straits.
  • 2007: The German company Deutsche Bahn arrives in Transfesa. It buys the controlling stake held by the former owners and purchases the stake held by the French SNCF in 2010.
  • 2014: First Yiwu (China) - Madrid train. The longest freight train route in the world.
  • 2018Transfesa celebrates its 75th Anniversary. Transfesa has become the leading company in logistics solutions and “door-to-door” goods transportation.