Strategic business consulting for the railway and logistics industry

SCI Verkehr is a medium-sized, sustainability-oriented consultancy focussing on strategic issues in the international rail and logistics business. We support our business partners in optimising their processes and evaluating their assets. We help to analyse markets and develop sustainable and tailor-made strategies for the future. This includes, among other things: Accompanying M&A activities, realising climate targets, optimising the portfolio or existing processes, and opening up new markets and business areas.

Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Support CDD to an Intermodal Terminal

Customer: strategic investor

SCI Verkehr supported a strategic investor in its commercial due diligence on an intermodal terminal (rail-road) in Germany. This involved accompanying the development of the investor's valuation approach, assessing operational benefits/opportunities and analysing development potential.

Market analysis - yellow fleet

Customer: Component manufacturer

On behalf of a component manufacturer, SCI Verkehr is analysing the market for track construction machines and maintenance trains (yellow fleet), which are used for new construction and reconstruction as well as maintenance of track infrastructure and electrification. In addition to the analysis of the current market and competitive situation, there is also an outlook of the requirements up to the year 2030.

Support in restructuring process in rail freight transport

Customer: Market-leading freight transport company

Against the background of the global economic and financial crisis, a short-term need for a reaction and restructuring arose for a leading company in the freight transport sector. SCI Verkehr GmbH supported the client as a professional expert in close consultation with management. We reviewed the measures developed, compiled alternative scenarios and provided professional support in the negotiations.

Market Analyses Examples

Demand analysis electric locomotives in Europe

Customer: International leasing company

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the market development and the demand for new electric locomotives in continental Europe as a basis for an investment decision. The development of ETCS in Europe, infrastructural development and procurements by leasing companies were taken into account for this analysis.

Presentation Vehicle Market Development Europe


SCI Verkehr, together with the management of a globally active vehicle manufacturer, held an internal discussion event on issues related to the development of vehicle markets in Europe. It was based on a previously prepared market analysis.

Analysis of freight wagon fleets of selected owners

Customer: Freight wagon rental company

In this project, SCI Verkehr analyses the freight wagon portfolios of selected owners. This is necessary as the client as a freight wagon rental company has to react proactively to market changes and therefore requires extensive knowledge about the freight wagon fleets in the regions in which it operates.

Asset Valuations Examples

Evaluation of an electric locomotive fleet

Customer: Rail vehicle lessor

SCI Verkehr prepared an annual fleet valuation for single, multi-system and dual-mode locomotives for a European locomotive lessor. An income-based valuation approach was chosen for the valuation.

Development of generally applicable value curves for rolling stock portfolio assessment

Customer: International credit institute

On behalf of an international credit institute, SCI Verkehr analysed the value development of rolling stock over their entire useful life. In the project we defined individual asset categories in the field of passenger vehicles and locomotives using an analysis of demand from the client, and building upon this we developed generally applicable value curves for an internal portfolio assessment. To do this we used an evaluation of future demand for rolling stock in Europe.

Assessment of container wagons

Customer: European leasing company

On behalf of a European leasing company, SCI Verkehr assesses a container wagon fleet. Evaluation is conducted by means of the DCF and DRC methods and takes into account the wagon-specific supply and demand situation.

Public Consulting Examples

Employment Potential in Short Distance Goods Rail Traffic

Customer: Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (Hans Böckler Foundation)

Analysis of the importance of goods traffic on rail with regards to the employment situation with economically conscious options to secure employment. Suggestions offered by SCI Verkehr.

Profitability Analyses Examples

Evaluation of different effects of Digital Automatic Coupling (DAK) on the performance of rail freight traffic

Customer: Railway undertaking

On behalf of a railway undertaking, SCI Verkehr is analysing the effects of the introduction of Digital Automatic Coupling (DAK) on the performance of rail freight transport. As part of a meta-study, SCI Verkehr summarises the results of various studies on the DAK and its effects in line and shunting operations and evaluates them with regard to an increase in capacity after the successful migration of the DAK after 2030.

Intercompany railway concept

Customer: Logistics company

SCI Verkehr supports an automobile manufacturer in preparing a rail transport concept for two plants in different European countries. The final results include a business plan, route analysis, rolling stock recommendations, selection of rail freight operators, feasibility of creating an own operator, and an overview of loading and unloading processes.

Market value analysis freight wagons

Customer: Freight wagon manufacturer

SCI Verkehr advises a manufacturer of innovative freight wagons on the acquisition of financing models with the analysis of potential market value trends.

Process optimisations Examples

Optimization of the Land-Sea Interface as part of a maritime network group


Investigation on behalf of the SH Technology Foundation

Drafting and compilation of a bid for local transport service

Customer: International transport company

On behalf of an international transport company, SCI Verkehr has developed and compiled a bid for services in local rail passenger transport in southern Germany. In addition, SCI Verkehr was responsible for organisation and bid management.

Model corridor Rotterdam - Genoa

Customer: Global player in the rail industry

The Rotterdam - Genoa axis is going to be developed into the first major European corridor to use ETCS/ERTMS. SCI Verkehr assisted a leading industrial company in developing the research project for testing ETCS/ERTMS. We analysed the assistance criteria and evaluated them for the concrete project concept, we identified and brought in project partners, compiled the necessary application documents and accompanying documents in cooperation with the client and ensured communication with funding institutions.