Global Petro Storage and the Port of Amsterdam have agreed to develop a rail connection to a site adjacent to GPS’s 11-tank petroleum and biofuel storage and blending facility.

Russian manufacturer Altaivagon has unveiled the Type 18-980 six-axle articulated van with an opening roof and capacity of 93 tonnes or 230 m3 , and Type 16-2155 refrigerated wagon with a capacity of 50 tonnes of perishable goods. Sibir Trans Servis has ordered 200 of the refrigerated vans.

The Port of Caddo-Bossier in Shreveport, Louisiana, has awarded Genesee & Wyoming’s Rail Link subsidiary a contract to provide rail services. ‘The Port of Caddo-Bossier currently has 11 rail-served customers shipping a wide variety of commodities including metals, paper and chemicals’, said Rail Link President Andrew Chunko. ‘The Port has done a great job building that rail business and supporting its customers, and we likewise look forward to building long-term relationships based on safety, service and mutual growth.’

ULTC ERA and ŽSSK Cargo have signed a memorandum of understanding to co-operate in the transport of containers and other freight between China and Europe. UTLC ERA will be responsible for all terminal-to-terminal transport on the 1 520 mm gauge network, while ŽSSK Cargo will provide equivalent services on 1 435 mm gauge lines in Europe.

R J Corman Railroad Switching has begun providing shunting services for pulp, paper and packaging producer New-Indy Containerboard at Catawba in South Carolina, and is providing train operating and track maintenance services for roofing material supplier 3M in Little Rock, Arkansas.

UVZ’s Volchansky Mechanical Plant has received certification for its Type 13-5191-01 four-axle timber wagon, which can also be used to carry high-capacity containers. It has a 25 tonne axleload and a capacity of 74 tonnes or 130 m3.

The Australian government has published a study undertaken by the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation to model cost savings offered by the expected transfer of freight to the planned Inland Rail line. The study found that cost savings of up to A$76 per tonne could be made if agricultural produce currently transport by lorry were to switch to Inland Rail; and A$31 per tonne if the same products currently moved on the coastal rail route shifted to Inland Rail.

The Greenbrier Companies received orders for 3 800 wagons worth nearly $450m during its second quarter to February 28. These included orders for tank, car-carrying and covered hopper wagons.