Lotras owns and manages one of the largest fleets of wagons in Europe for the transport of liquid foodstuffs. Wagons with a single capacity of approx. 600 hl, purposely designed for this type of transport, carefully designed in every single detail, offering a guarantee of safety in a particularly delicate sector, in compliance with the EC regulations in force.
Our specialisation in the transport of by-products of grapes in all of the typical food product variants, from partially fermented to stopped must, from concentrate to wine with an alcohol content of more than 13 degrees, makes it possible for us to provide a complete and safe transport service.
From Sicily to the north of Europe, wherever needed and using our means, we can transport goods to meet the highest level of requirements. We have always operated with passion and we work closely with the world’s biggest names in Best Quality wine production.
Lotras has specialised in intermodal transport for some years, expanding the services with multipurpose wagons of the latest generation.
For the management of all types of transport our multipurpose wagons are perfect for loading mobile containers and all other types of containers, meeting all load requirements, even extremely heavy loads. Lotras also has pocket wagons for transporting unaccompanied trailers.
We have considerably increased overall handling and the range of products transported; we can transport all goods thanks to our convenient rates, competitive in the market, using the system most suited to the customer’s needs.
Our Networking, as listed in the section entitled Services, is increasingly more widespread throughout the European rail system. The railway yards where we operate offer a vast range of services for both conventional and intermodal-multimodal transport, designed to meet the demands of a vast range of companies and end users.
Goods Yard in Faenza (Ra)
Faenza’s location makes it an important railway hub for the Romagna area, on the main Adriatic line, terminal for the secondary routes for Florence and Ravenna. LOTRAS’ main hub in the conventional transport network is Faenza. Serving numerous, important local industrial and food companies, the high traffic flow, arriving in the main from Sicily, Apulia and Abruzzo, all meet at this station, from where export convoys also depart for the main destinations of France, Germany and Austria.
Incoronata (Fg) Terminal
The Lotras Terminal has been fully operative since the end of 2008. The main Lotras Hub, where all of the essential services are concentrated, including administration. It covers an overall surface area of 100,000 square metres and is located close to major arterial roads, including the A14, and a new motorway exit, Foggia Sud, which is due to open soon.
Another important factor is the rail terminal’s connection with the ports of Southern Italy for the development of further activities connected with the same, as a dry port.
The structure in Foggia offers connections to:
The management strategy adopted by LOTRAS has always focused on innovation and the quality of the services offered, representing a strong point in terms of competitiveness within the sector. The experience acquired in all areas of logistics, together with the care for the territory and its potential in relation to the development of industrial customers already present in the area, has led to the implementation of a new investment plan for the provision of services and solutions designed to meet customer needs. The new project will help to ensure that the best possible use is made of the whole Logistics Platform in Foggia, thus confirming its position at the forefront of the sector, and will ensure new requests can be met from abroad.
LOTRAS has set itself the objective of further developing rail transport within the ASI industrial area of Incoronata, strengthening standard services for the handling and management of products within numerous goods categories, currently anachronistically transported solely by road.
As the main functional infrastructure for goods from Apulia, the ASI Incoronata railway yard is the only opportunity that large production companies have to use the rail network.
The purpose of the project is to create strong technological innovation in the logistics sector and it is integrated with activities already performed by the company and can therefore benefit from means of transport that are already operational. The logistics project has a strong capacity for automation, which is useful for making goods distribution more streamlined and efficient and is in complete harmony with the various Territorial Development Programs.
Development of the railway area includes a series of new buildings presiding over the large yards, the boundaries of which are defined by the tracks, where along a stretch of more than a kilometre a series of buildings can be seen, standing out on the flat landscape. A multipurpose building will be built close to where the national and private rail networks meet, partially dedicated to the repair of wagons and at the same time housing offices, control towers and workshops. The running rail of the tracks is therefore a link leading from this construction to the second building, a multi-faceted shelter, partially walled along the north side; a sort of open hangar for goods trains housed in a covered area of over 1200 m² including light volumes in the framework, defiled by climbing plants. Continuing along the yards there are more buildings and technical areas, running parallel to branches of tracks ending in the lee of the terminal, a true territorial hub: the building has the appearance of a large, permeable plate, open on all sides and distinguished by the multitude of shapes and variety of architectural languages.
Every area of the terminal, from the automated surface to the refrigerated depot and the offices, has its own identity, is independent and yet at the same time is in perfect harmony with the entire complex. Lastly, a building of more than 2,000 m² presents itself as the headquarters area with a facade that is both normal and unprecedented, where the usual temporary conditions of a scaffolding structure here take on the nature of a permanent green facade. The regular rhythm of the arches, together with the light metal structure, the net covering it and the climbing plants make this vertical element a real environmental diaphragm capable of lowering the temperatures and associating with the Lotras yard a clear image connected with the concepts of territorial development and care for the environment: a plan of action as ambitious and complex as it is necessary and strategic for the territory of Apulia and Italy.