TX Locos 'Wir Brennen' (We burn for what we do)_© TX Logistik

The EU Agency for Railways has issued FS Group’s TX Logistik subsidiary with a single safety certificate covering Germany and the Netherlands for a further five years. TX Logistik also has safety certificates in Austria, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, and said it intends to increase its presence in the Dutch market.

Norfolk Southern has launched TOP|SPG, a new operating plan to guide the day-to-day movement of trains and shipments. It is an evolution of the previous TOP21 operating plan. ‘Improvements within our Merchandise and Bulk segments were the focus of TOP21, and the primary focus of TOP|SPG is our Intermodal business’, said Vice-President Network Planning & Operations Paul Duncan on June 27. ’TOP|SPG works by making our daily operations simpler, more consistent, and executable. It’s meant to serve the current needs of our customers more reliably, and to be nimble enough to scale as they grow their businesses.’

Takargo loco

On June 30 SNCF’s Rail Logistics Europe arm announced that Portuguese and Spanish freight company Takargo, which was previously owned by Mota-Engil, had been formally integrated into the group following regulatory approval.


Juha Hakavuori is to step down as President & CEO of Finnish independent freight operator Fenniarail to become President & CEO of Helsinki public transport operator Pääkaupunkiseudun Kaupunkiliikenne by October 17. The Fenniarail board has launched the process of recruiting a successor

Russian Post vans

TransContainer and Russian Post have agreed to develop mail deliveries from China by regular block container trains running at passenger train speeds. TransContainer will provide rolling stock and logistics services, and Russian Post will develop new end-to-end products for customers. The agreement runs until the end of 2027.


Following the retirement of Michael Meinhardt as Managing Director, on July 1 leadership of Captrain company Regiobahn Bitterfeld Berlin was taken on by Holger Harsch (responsible for finance, human resources, law and the workshop) and Tobias Zug (covering infrastructure, production, sales and the training centre).


Lineas has launched a five trains a week intermodal service between the Interface Terminal at North Sea Port near Gent in Belgium and the Pesanti terminal at Piadena in Italy. ‘On top of the 70 trains we already run between Belgium and Italy, we are now creating capacity for another 15 000 containers to be shifted to rail’, said Chief Commercial Officer Lars Redeligx.