Archive for category: Rail Freight

Funding for Ely North Junction remodelling study

Local enterprise partnerships in East Anglia have joined forces to fund a feasibility study into capacity improvement works around Ely, including the remodelling of Ely North Junction. The study itself will be completed by Network Rail but funding is being provided by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, New Anglia LEP and the Strategic Freight Network. […]
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Decrease in German rail freight

Unlike in the UK, where the growth in rail freight seems only to be limited by network capacity, the sector seems to be struggling in Germany. Figures released on 17 February 2017 by the Federal Office of Statistics show that, while the total volume of freight grew in 2016, the portion transported by rail fell […]
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First China-UK freight train arrives in Barking

The first freight train to connect China and the UK has completed its 12,000 km journey from Yiwu to Barking. Arriving earlier today at DB Cargo’s Eurohub terminal, the milestone adds the UK to the list of destinations now served by the new China-Europe rail freight corridor. The service was operated by the Switzerland’s InterRail […]
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Traxx AC3 locomotives for HSL Logistik

Hamburg-based rail freight operator HSL Logistik has ordered four Traxx AC3 locomotives from Bombardier Transportation. HSL Logistik is one of the largest privately owned rail freight operators in Germany, operating around 300 trains a week last year. HSL Logistik currently has a fleet of 37 locomotives, plus seven shunting locomotives. The new locomotives will allow […]
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Traxx AC3 locomotives for HSL Logistik

Hamburg-based rail freight operator HSL Logistik has ordered four Traxx AC3 locomotives from Bombardier Transportation. HSL Logistik is one of the largest privately owned rail freight operators in Germany, operating around 300 trains a week last year. HSL Logistik currently has a fleet of 37 locomotives, plus seven shunting locomotives. The new locomotives will allow […]
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Britain’s DP Rail in deal to build new port rail link in Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Railway have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British company DP Rail to deliver a new 240 km railway between Dhaka and Payra. The agreement gives DP Rail the exclusive right to design, finance, build and operate a new railway between Dhaka and the Payra Seat Port. […]
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DB Cargo UK announces job cuts and fleet downsizing

DB Cargo UK is to cut around 900 jobs following what it has described as “unprecedented challenges” and a “dramatic decline in core markets”. Some 893 redundancies have been proposed across the business to address, in particular, the sharp decline in coal volumes over the last 12 months. DB Cargo UK will also look at […]
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Eurotunnel to sell GB Railfreight

Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel has announced the planned sale of its subsidiary GB Railfreight (GBRf). EQT Infrastructure II, which owns the Swedish rail freight operator Hector Rail, has submitted a binding and irrevocable offer for GB Railfreight. GBRf, one of the UK’s largest rail freight operators, was established in 1999. Eurotunnel said the acquisition will […]
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Germany needs longer freight trains

Freight trains around Europe are standardised at 740 metres long – but not in Germany. Instead, due to ‘network restrictions’, only 11 per cent of freight trains that operate in Germany are of the standard EU length. To solve this problem, various passing loops around Germany would have to be lengthened and some existing bottlenecks […]
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CRRC high-speed ‘intercontinental’ train combines passengers and freight

China’s CRRC has presented a concept intercontinental high-speed electric multiple unit (EMU) which it hopes will “open up new markets” for the company. The double-deck train will carry passengers on the upper level and freight below. In promotional material presented at this year’s InnoTrans trade fair, CRRC said the EMU is “adapted to suit various […]
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Aurizon wins first rail haulage contract in NSW’s Southern Coalfields

Photo: Aurizon.Aurizon has announced it has secured its first ever contract to transport coal by rail from New South Wales’ Southern Coalfields. The company will move 800,000 tonnes of coal per[...]
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