Over 25 rail freight organisations have written an "open letter" to the European transport authorities scathing about their "complacency" and demanding the urgent formation of a transnational task force to alleivate the situation.
The letter is addressed to federal German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt and to the EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc, with copies to the head of the EU Agency for Railways Josef Doppelbauer and the transport ministers of the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France, Luxemburg and Austria.
The Rhine valley railways will be interrupted for almost two months because of the Rastatt construction site accident, near Karlsruhe, in August.
By the time the route is reopened - the announced date is 7 October 2017 - railway logistics will have suffered immense damage, says the letter.
The lack of locomotive drivers in the Brenner and Alsace region is the main reason why most of these capacities are not used even three weeks after the disruption.
Because of the difficult operational conditions of the diversions via Stuttgart-Singen, the majority of the trains have to be cancelled or run with extreme delays of several days.
To alleviate the situation, the operators are demanding: