Swissterminal held an ‘after work special’ event on February 9 to promote its new Schweizerzug direct freight service. Operated in partnership with DP World and Port of Rotterdam, it runs four times a week from Frenkendorf to Rotterdam and twice a week from Niederglatt to Rotterdam.


Following approval from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, on February 17 Aurizon completed the sale of its East Coast Rail business to the Magnetic Rail Group subsidiary of Magnetic Infrastructure Group, a 50:50 joint venture of coal trading company M Infrastructure Group and Indonesian ports and shipping group Asian Bulk Logistics. Aurizon undertook to divest ECR as part of regulatory approval for its acquisition of One Rail Australia.

CSX has awarded Chattanooga-based Bohr Electronics a contract to supply fully-furnished electrical cabinets with new and remanufactured components for its GP40-3 locomotive rebuild programme.

GB Railfreight is switching from hopper wagons to box wagons, which are more flexible as they do not require specific infrastructure at the unloading terminals.


Team Global Express has awarded Aurizon an 11-year contract to provide haulage services from April, including five weekly Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Perth trains and two weekly Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne trains. TGE will account for approximately 70% of the capacity of these services. ‘This is our biggest non-coal revenue contract ever and Aurizon is delighted to be TGE’s rail provider for its containers transported interstate’, said Aurizon’s Managing Director & CEO Andrew Harding on February 20.

Railinc has revised the process for updating wagon data in its Umler platform. ‘Users who have been managing this massive database through periodic receipt of equipment update messages can, instead, have access to continuously updated railcar data’, said Product Manager Clayton Miller.

FESCO Transportation Group has begun transporting electric cars in containers from Guangzhou to Moskva via the Khorgos border crossing with Kazakhstan.

Norfolk Southern has reached an agreement with the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, one of its largest unions, that provides around 3 000 union members at the Class I with the ability to take up to seven paid sick days per year.