In conjunction with freight operator Ferrosur Roca, Argentina’s Ministry of Transport has conducted trial piggyback movements carrying lorry semi-trailers between Spegazzinni in Buenos Aires province and the port of Bahía Blanca. Wagons for the trial were supplied by Vale Argentina SA.

At cost of €5·1m, Slovenia Railways’ freight business has bought 30 second-hand Sggrrs wagons from Innofreight Austria and leased 60 RockTainer containers for five years.

Following upgrading work undertaken by Ibines Férreo for Colombia’s national infrastructure agency ANI, a trial freight movement has been undertaken over the 257 km route between Sogamoso and Bogotá. The train comprised six wagons carrying 204 tonnes of cement manufactured by Argos.

PCC Intermodal has leased two Bombardier Transportation Traxx E186 locomotives to haul container trains in Poland, reducing its reliance on outside providers.

The government of Canada has agreed to provide C$847 378 to the Mékinac MRC group of local authorities to support the development of a rail-road transhipment centre at the Saint-Tite industrial park adjacent to a CN route in Québec.

On February 21 TŽV Gredelj began delivering 100 Y25 Ls1 (K) wagon bogies to Beograd-based company World Business Center.

The UK’s Rail Freight Group, Tarmac and Rail Forum East Midlands are to hold an East Midlands Rail Freight Day on February 28 to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about the role that rail freight has in the region and for suppliers to understand some of the key issues and challenges. This will include the opportunity to see rail freight in action with a tour of Mountsorrel Quarry.

Rail Cargo Group has opened a dedicated dispatcher centre in Budapest to manage its Balkan Express services between western and southeast Europe. Shipments were previously assembled into trains at numerous hubs including Villach, Budapest, Sopron, Štúrovo and Beograd, but shuttle train formation now takes place centrally in Budapest, enabling standardised processing.