Iraq’s national railway has returned to service a fleet of Laehs refrigerated vans which have been out of use for 16 years. They are being used to carry chilled products such as food and medicines from the Port of Um Qasr.

On August 20 a Siemens Vectron locomotive hauled the AWT subsidiary of PKP Cargo‘s first through train to the Slovenian port of Koper. The train was carrying Škoda cars from Borohrádek, Czech Republic, and ran via the Břeclav/Hohenau and Rosenbach/Jesenice border crossings. AWT operates around ten trains a week from Poland and Czech Republic to the Slovenian border, where they were previously handed over to local operators.

The Norfolk Southern board has approved expanded responsibilities for Vanessa Allen Sutherland, who is now Senior Vice-President Government Relations & Chief Legal Officer, and Michael Farrell who is now Senior Vice-President Operations & Mechanical, with responsibility for both transport and mechanical functions.

Railtrans International has taken delivery of two Siemens Vectron multi-voltage locos ordered in 2018 and equipped for Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. The Slovakian operator is owned by biofuel producer Envien Group, and transports petrochemical products, coal and wood in Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic using leased wagons.

Green Cargo has appointed Ingo Paas as Chief Information Officer with effect from September 2. He joins the operator from Apoteket Hjärtat, and has previously held IT roles at Adidas and Ericsson.

Norfolk Southern has appointed Mark George as Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer with effect from November 1, succeeding Cynthia Earhart who is retiring after 34 years with the railway. George joins from United Technologies Corp.