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Author Topic: Short-notice spaghetti trains organised to get pasta across the Alps  (Read 745 times)
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« on: April 06, 2020, 11:54:41 am »

From Railway Gazette International

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Short-notice spaghetti trains organised to get pasta across the Alps

EUROPE: DB Schenker has organised the transport of several hundred tonnes of pasta by rail from Italy to Germany, enabling 650 Aldi supermarkets to replenish supplies which had been depleted by customers stocking up during the coronavirus pandemic.

The first delivery included 10 wagons of spaghetti, penne and fusilli. The pallets were collected from producer Cucina at Nola near Napoli and taken by road to Anagni, then transported by rail to DB Schenker’s Transa terminal in Nürnberg.

Aldi Süd’s Director of Supply Chain Management Andreas Kremer said co-operation with DB Schenker had provided the manufacturer with the certainty that its products could be delivered, the retailer with the ability to respond flexibly to supply bottlenecks, and consumers with the knowledge that supermarkets are being restocked and there is no need to stockpile pasta.

‘We maintain the flow of goods in Europe and worldwide’, said Christian Drenthen, Director of Land Transport at DB Schenker, on April 2. ‘We manage this around the clock and at all times. But the current pandemic shows the importance of stable supply chains. With our short-term pasta transport for Aldi from Italy to southern Germany, we ensure that empty supermarket shelves are quickly filled.’

Usually reliable sources (such as the BBC) have in the past told us that mild winters are a great boost to a spaghetti crop, and with the elimination of the spaghetti weevil yields are not held back.   See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCks8XqD9MU .
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2020, 01:36:00 pm »

Yes, but is there not a risk that some of the spaghetti crop may rot due to lack of staff to harvest it ?
Machinery is used nowadays to harvest spaghetti, at least on the large plantations in the Po valley, but some skilled labour is still needed.
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2020, 01:42:54 pm »

Yes, but is there not a risk that some of the spaghetti crop may rot due to lack of staff to harvest it ?

There shouldn't be.

I was reading the other day that there are problems in East Anglia and Lincolnshire with a lack of seasonal workers coming to the UK from Europe.  So there should be plenty of staff - or, rather, contractors who have come to England in past years. Also excellent news for all those people who live in East Anglia and Lincolnshire as there are plenty more jobs for them now, without them being filled from across the channel.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2020, 03:28:26 pm »

Presumably the best way of transporting spaghetti in bulk would be something very like a long welded rail delivery train?  Huh

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2020, 06:06:49 pm »

Yes. If it's a short spaghetti train it's probably a macaroni train.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2020, 06:40:46 pm »

Presumably the best way of transporting spaghetti in bulk would be something very like a long welded rail delivery train?  Huh

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No, it grows in the same lengths that we find in the packets. The nearly uniform length is the result of many years of hard work by plant breeders who have developed the perfect spaghetti.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2020, 06:53:25 pm »

Presumably the best way of transporting spaghetti in bulk would be something very like a long welded rail delivery train?  Huh

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Surely a pipeline? It may take a while for the first bit to appear from Naples or Milan to the rotating knives in Dagenham or wherever, but it would be a constant supply from then on, so long as the donkeys turning the big wheel at the Italian end don't get ill.
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2020, 06:55:48 pm »

Presumably the best way of transporting spaghetti in bulk would be something very like a long welded rail delivery train?  Huh

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No, it grows in the same lengths that we find in the packets. The nearly uniform length is the result of many years of hard work by plant breeders who have developed the perfect spaghetti.

It would be great to grow some heirloom varieties from the days before they bred all the character out of the plants. Must try an find the names of the early types.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2020, 07:07:34 pm »

It would be great to grow some heirloom varieties from the days before they bred all the character out of the plants. Must try an find the names of the early types.

What, you mean like the stuff I found in my cupboard with "Safeway" on the packet?
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2020, 08:15:57 pm »

Careful there it may well be pasta it's sell buy date !..
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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2020, 12:11:36 am »

What, you mean like the stuff I found in my cupboard with "Safeway" on the packet?

Have you been shopping in the local McColl's?

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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2020, 12:37:44 pm »


It would be great to grow some heirloom varieties from the days before they bred all the character out of the plants. Must try an find the names of the early types.

Penne for your thoughts.
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2020, 01:22:46 pm »

What, you mean like the stuff I found in my cupboard with "Safeway" on the packet?

Have you been shopping in the local McColl's?

No, I've got a magic cupboard - many things put in it are invisible when meals are being planned and shopping lists drawn up. They mysteriously reappear some time later, during any kind of stock check.

Fortunately, the use by dates on dried pasta are entirely fictional.
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2020, 02:28:12 pm »

"It would be great to grow some heirloom varieties"

Yes, JohnneyW - probably the same technology as they used for growing the alphabet shaped spaghetti when I was small. Damned clever, I think
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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2020, 02:41:31 pm »

They mysteriously reappear some time later, during any kind of stock check.


Like the mysterious pile of Oxo cubes I found, behind the quinoa.
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