Polish operator Laude Smart Intermodal has expanded its fleet with a Siemens Mobility Vectron MS locomotive purchased with EU support for the implementation of intermodal transport through the Centre for EU Transport Projects.
The Almaty-based InterRail Kazakhstan subsidiary of InterRail Holding has converted its sales office in Nur-Sultan into an operational branch, headed by Bekzat Madiyarova who has worked as Sales Manager since the end of 2018. The company offers containerised and conventional import, export and transit services in co-operation with national railway KTZ.
Kraft Heinz, the University of Hull and Oxford Rail Strategies are developing an intermodal approach to moving food products from Elst in the Netherlands to the Kraft Heinz National Distribution Centre at Wigan in the UK under the Innovate UK supported Liverpool–Humber Optimisation of Freight Transport project. A trial train operated by Freightliner in January was deemed a success.
Russian Railways and Belarusian Railway have signed an agreement for organising the operation of cross-border freight and passenger trains, including procedures for transferring wagons, containers and cargo and maintaining rail infrastructure between the transfer stations.
On February 4 Lineas launched a regular service for intermodal loads between the Port of Moerdijk in the Netherlands and Antwerpen in Belgium. It runs three times per week with a total capacity of 270 TEU/week, and increases the frequency of services between Rotterdam and Antwerpen to eight round trips per week.
TMH Bryansk has delivered a further two TEM18DM shunting locomotives to Ulaanbaatar Railway, part of a 2019 order for 10 TEM18DM shunters and 14 2TE25KM mainline freight locos. TMH Bryansk has been running training courses for Mongolian crews and maintenance staff, with 87 staff finishing coursework and passed the necessary exams online during the pandemic.
The California Transportation Commission has awarded OmniTRAX’s Stockton Terminal & Eastern Railroad a $1·8m grant Short-Line Railroad Improvement Program to cover half the cost of replacing or repair more than 6 km of track in Stockton as part of a project to handle alternative diesel fuels that comply with the state’s low carbon fuel standards.