The company Railship AG was created in 1973 with the aim to create a direct connection between the Central European and the Finnish railway network. The shortest way to do so is across the Baltic Sea. There were many technical obstacles that had to be surpassed, the different railway track gauge between Finland and Central Europe being one of them. But the company managed to create a functioning link between the ports of Travemünde in Germany and Hanko in Finland. The first ship of the company, the Railship I, was commissioned in 1975. It was a ro-ro ferry capable of directly loading train wagons and, if needed, also trucks. The third and last ship of the company was the Railship III. She was built at the Schichau Seebeckwerft shipyard in Bremerhaven and delivered in 1990. She served the Railship company until it disappeared in 2002. The ship was then sold to Finnish owners and was first named Finnrunner and later simply Runner. In 2010 she was sold to Russian owners and renamed Ambal. She still serves under that name and the flag if the Russian Federation today.
This 1:100 yard model of the Railship III has holes on the port side of the hull to display how train wagons are carried on her decks. It serves as an example of specialization in shipbuilding on deck 3 of our exhibition.