All GB Railfreight articles

  • JNA X Box Wagon 3
    Rail Business UK

    JNA-X box wagon prototype for GB Railfreight rolled out

    2022-08-25T11:41:00Z

    UK: The first of 50 JNA-X box wagons ordered by leasing company Porterbrook for use by GB Railfreight has been rolled out at Greenbrier Europe’s factory at Arad in Romania. The order was announced on March 15, and deliveries are planned in two batches in September ...

  • gb-wascosa-wagons-Victoria
    Rail Business UK

    Flexible wagons to refresh infrastructure fleet

    2022-06-29T09:41:00Z

    UK: Swiss wagon leasing group Wascosa marked its entry into the UK freight market with an event at London Victoria station on June 28 to unveil three designs of wagon it is delivering to refresh Network Rail’s infrastructure maintenance fleet. The company is supplying 570 vehicles ...

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    In depth

    Interview: ‘Give us the infrastructure and we will invest to grow’

    2022-06-16T09:30:00Z

    UK: Despite the challenges of the pandemic, private operator GB Railfreight is investing for growth amid a strong recovery. But as CEO John Smith tells Tony Miles, more needs to be done by policymakers to ensure the company’s two decades of expansion can continue unabated.

  • GB Railfeight Stadler Class 99 Eurodual electro-diesel locomotive impresssion
    Rail Business UK

    Class 99 electro-diesel locomotive order confirmed

    2022-04-29T08:09:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight, leasing company Beacon Rail and Stadler have signed an agreement for the supply of 30 Class 99 six-axle electro-diesel locomotives for entry into service from 2025. The operator said they would be the first electro-diesel locomotives capable of hauling heavy freight at main ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Wagons ordered for growing freight traffic

    2022-03-16T15:11:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight and leasing company Porterbrook have placed an order for The Greenbrier Companies to supply 50 JNA 60 m3 capacity four-axle box wagons for transporting construction materials.

  • GB Railfreight is planning to order a fleet of main line electro-diesel locomotives
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight plans order for future-proofed bi-mode locomotives

    2022-03-02T13:40:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight is planning to order a fleet of main line electro-diesel locomotives with a modular design which would facilitate future replacement of the diesel engine with a battery or hydrogen fuel cell module. Rail Business UK understands that advanced negotiations are underway with Stadler ...

  • GBRf locomotive
    Rail Business UK

    Real-time access to freight locomotive CCTV

    2022-02-11T14:23:00Z

    UK: Journeo has equipped GB Railfreight’s fleet of almost 100 Class 66 locomotives with forward-facing CCTV and a connection to a cloud-based data portal, providing the control room with real-time access to train location, status and condition monitoring data. Staff have immediate ...

  • Class 18 hybrid+ shunting locomotive (3)
    News

    GB Railfreight tests diesel-battery hybrid locomotive

    2022-02-03T13:25:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight is undertaking a three-month trial with a Clayton Equipment Class 18 Hybrid+ CBD90 diesel-battery shunting locomotive owned by Beacon. On February 1 the locomotive was delivered to Whitemoor yard in Cambridgeshire, where it will undergo a series of test to understand its capabilities ...

  • GBRf Class 60 Penmaenmawr (Photo: Hanson)
    Rail Business UK

    Penmaenmawr quarry rail terminal reopens

    2022-01-18T04:00:00Z

    UK: Hanson has reopened its Penmaenmawr railhead in north Wales, as part of its strategy to reduce vehicle movements and associated CO2 emissions. The quarrying company has spent £300 000 refurbishing the facility, including upgrades to the railhead conveyor which was last used in 2012. The ...

  • TikTok star Francis Bourgeois appointed as GB Railfreight brand ambassador
    Rail Business UK

    TikTok star Francis Bourgeois appointed as GB Railfreight brand ambassador

    2022-01-05T12:01:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has appointed TikTok star Francis Bourgeois as a brand ambassador, who will showcase the role of rail freight and go behind the scenes at the operator during 2022. What GBRf describes as his ‘enthusiastic trainspotting videos’ have gained Bourgeois more than 2 million ...

  • Cemex Small Heath site GBRf Class 66 and lorryjpg
    Rail Business UK

    Aggregates terminal enables Cemex to make more use of rail

    2021-11-08T07:26:00Z

    UK: Building materials supplier Cemex has completed a significant investment in its Small Heath depot in Birmingham, enabling it to increase its use of rail as part of its ‘Future in Action — Committed to Net Zero CO2’ strategy. Aggregates from Cemex’s Dove Holes quarry are ...

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    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight calls for a ‘Freight Evangelist’ to follow the Williams Review

    2021-05-19T08:00:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has called for the appointment of a ‘Freight Evangelist’ who would act as dedicated ‘guiding mind’ to help steer the rail freight sector through recovery from the coronavirus crisis as well as the wider rail industry reforms which are to be announced this ...

  • GB Railfreight has taken delivery of the first of 84 Ecofret2 close-coupled triple-wagon sets which it described as the ‘latest innovation in maritime container transport’ and ‘a revolutionary addition’ to its fleet.
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Revolutionary’ wagons join GB Railfreight fleet

    2021-04-29T12:00:00Z

    UK: Following prototype testing and approval, GB Railfreight has taken delivery of the first of 84 Ecofret2 close-coupled triple-wagon sets which it described as the ‘latest innovation in maritime container transport’ and ‘a revolutionary addition’ to its fleet. The wagons were ordered in two batches through ...

  • GB Railfreight Celsa (1)
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight manages steelworks internal traffic

    2021-04-07T14:10:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has begun providing all internal rail operations for steel reinforcement and long product manufacturer Celsa Steel UK.

  • GB Railfreight Class 66
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight and Progress Rail expand locomotive support contract

    2021-03-31T05:00:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has agreed to extend its existing locomotive services agreement with Progress Rail’s UK subsidiary Electro-Motive Diesel Ltd to cover its expanding fleet. As well as providing increased repair capacity at the operator’s Doncaster and Peterborough depots, the extended agreement will see an increase ...

  • GB Railfreight has selected leasing company Porterbrook to finance an order for 100 Greenbrier 60 ft intermodal twin wagons, following an ‘extended commercial exercise’.
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight orders Greenbrier wagons

    2021-03-24T05:00:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has selected leasing company Porterbrook to finance an order for 100 Greenbrier 60 ft intermodal twin wagons, following an ‘extended commercial exercise’. The contract will initially operate as a 10-year dry lease. The first batch of wagons are scheduled to be completed in ...

  • Smart Weed System train
    Rail Business UK

    Smart Weed System to improve environmental performance

    2021-02-10T11:00:00Z

    UK: A novel vegetation control train is set to begin operation in May, with two more due to follow by April 2022. The Smart Weed System trains will use cameras to detect weeds in and around the track and apply the most appropriate herbicide, while gathering ...

  • gb GBRf Class 66 loco (3)
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight acquires Class 66 locos from Germany

    2020-10-13T04:00:00Z

    UK: Beacon Rail Leasing is to transfer five EMD Class 66 locomotives from Germany to the UK for use by GB Railfreight from early April 2021. The first two, 29004 and 29005, which were previously operated by Heavy Haul Power International, have been delivered to EMD Doncaster ...

  • GB Railfreight container train
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight to lease more intermodal wagons

    2020-06-10T14:44:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has signed a contract to lease a further 52 WH Davis Ecofret2 three-section container wagons from VTG Rail UK. The announcement on June 10 follows a previous agreement covering 32 Ecofret2 wagon sets, which are due to enter service in 2020-21. Ecofret wagons are ...

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    Rail Business UK

    GBRf trials EMU to move medical supplies

    2020-04-27T15:04:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has trialled the use of a commuter EMU for express delivery of parcels, with a view to delivering urgent medical supplies to major hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.