Archive for category: Rail Freight

Alstom to carry out Akiem loco mid-life overhaul

Alstom’s Belfort site will carry out the mid-life overhaul of 23 BB 36000 locomotives owned by SNCF leasing subsidiary Akiem. The BB 36000 series of locomotives were manufactured in Belfort and are now helping support the future of the site, as Alstom looks to diversify the factory’s activities. Alstom said the €20 million overhaul would […]
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Rail Cargo Operator launches freight link between Romania and Italy

Rail Cargo Operator (RCO) has expanded its network with the opening a new 1,109km freight link between Arad, Romania, and Verona, Italy. Three weekly services will run in each direction in five hours but market demand means that the logistics firm is already working to increase the number of round trips to five. RCO said that the new […]
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United Wagon Company to open carriage service centre in Estonia

United Wagon Company (UWC) is set to open a carriage service centre in Estonia. An agreement has been reached so that the company’s Baltic States cargo fleet can now be serviced at Skinest Rail’s depot in Valga. Depot staff have undergone a UWC course for carriage maintenance and repair and the facility already stocks the necessary […]
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GE to supply 100 locomotives to Egyptian National Railways

GE has signed a Letter of Intent with Egypt’s Ministry of Transportation (MoT) and Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to supply 100 locomotives for passenger and freight operations. The order, which has been valued at $575 million, is for 100 GE ES30ACi Light Evolution Series Locomotives and includes a 15-year deal for spare parts and technical […]
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P&O Ferrymasters and Erontrans launch UK-Benelux-Poland rail link

Logistics firms P&O Ferrymasters and Erontrans have launched an intermodal rail service linking the UK, Benelux and central Poland via Europoort, in Rotterdam. P&O Ferries will ship equipment to and from the UK to the firm’s Europoort terminal, where freight operator LTE Netherlands will run four trains a week – in each direction – to the […]
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‘We are witnessing a rail freight renaissance’ – strong sentiment as United Wagon Company signs Russian hopper deal

Russian rolling stock leaser Sberbank Leasing has signed a deal for 100 hopper cars from the United Wagon Company (UWC). Sberbank director of railway and realty Margarita Krivichkova said that there is ‘a renaissance in rail freight’ and looked forward to developing its relationship with UWC. She added: “Today we are witnessing a renaissance in the rail-freight market, […]
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Belgium ‘beer train’ promises to keep 5,000 lorries off the road a year

The first test ‘beer train’ between Jupille and Ninove has completed its maiden journey in Belgium – promising to keep 5,000 lorries off the road a year. Previously beer was transported on a daily basis from InBev’s brewery in Jupille to food retailer Delhaize’s warehouse in Ninove, but now a train will carry the same cargo three […]
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Fort Bliss to Carrizozo railway line to undergo $14m improvement works

In New Mexico, the United States, freight operator Union Pacific (UP) is targeting the line between Fort Bliss and Carrizozo as part of a wave of network upgrades. Between the army installation and the small town, UP will replace more than 116,000 railway sleepers and install 55,000 tonnes of rock ballast. UP operates thousands of […]
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Fort Bliss to Carrizozo railway line to undergo $14m improvement works

In New Mexico, the United States, freight operator Union Pacific (UP) is targeting the line between Fort Bliss and Carrizozo as part of a wave of network upgrades. Between the army installation and the small town, UP will replace more than 116,000 railway sleepers and install 55,000 tonnes of rock ballast. UP operates thousands of […]
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Coal decline continues as intermodal hits new highs

Intermodal traffic growth has continued to make up some of the shortfall from the decline in coal volumes, according to the UK’s latest rail freight statistics. The ORR’s 2016-17 Q4 rail freight usage figures show the volume of domestic intermodal freight moved in the UK rose by 8.9 per cent on the previous period and […]
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Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran discuss new freight corridor to link India and Europe

The national heads of rail for Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran have met to discuss the new South-West Transport Corridor. The project concerns the building of a freight railway corridor between the three countries from India to Europe to improve connectivity. Currently freight travelling by the sea takes between 30 and 40 days. The director of Georgian […]
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