UK: Wagon manufacturer Astra and leasing company Nacco are to supply GB Railfreight with 50 high-capacity hopper wagons to support a biomass haulage contract awarded by Lynemouth Power Ltd.

The purpose-built wagons are scheduled to enter service from October 1 2017. GBRf plans to run 27 trains per week between the Port of Tyne and Lynemouth Power Station, delivering over 37 000 tonnes of biomas per week.

GBRf previously hauled coal to the power station when it was owned by RWE npower, with the last coal train running in April 2015.

'GB Railfreight has grown extensively over the past few years, and new contracts with companies such as LPL are an indication of the positive outlook for our company's future’, said GBRf Managing Director John Smith.