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World rail freight news round-up

06 May 2019

Ermewa has announced the acquisition of 154 Sggrss 80ft wagons from CzechoSlovakGroup company Rosco Bohemia, saying this will reinforce its presence in the intermodal business in Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania.

Norddeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft Niebüll and Intermodal.sh held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 2 for a €10m expansion of the intermodal freight terminal at Neumünster in northern Germany.

From May 10 TFG Transfracht will begin offering four AlbatrosExpress container services per week from southern Germany and Austria to the Slovenian port of Koper.

In a £14m project, Network Rail has constructed 430 m of sidings on the site of a former waste tip to enable DB Cargo and Freightliner to increase the length of trains serving quarries near Buxton from  18 to 26 wagons, carrying up to 2 500 tonnes of stone.

Charah Solutions has opened a rail-served fly ash distribution terminal in Hopedale, Massachusetts, to serve the New England region.

Norfolk Southern has selected the Icertis Contract Management platform as its contract management system. Icertis said this offers the ability to automatically create contract amendments when business conditions change, enabling the railway to respond to fluctuations in the market.

Afghanistan became the 51st member of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail on May 1, acceding to COTIF 1999 and all its appendices.

On May 1 DC Rail began operating a new aggregate flow to Total Aggregates site at Boston in eastern England.

Canadian Pacific moved a record 2·643 million tonnes of grain and grain products in April, beating its previous record from October 2018. During April the average train length, excluding local traffic, was 2 309 m, and the average weight was 8 488 tonnes.

Genesee & Wyoming’s San Joaquin Valley Railroad has opened a Choice Terminal bulk transfer facility in Millux, California, which customers without a rail connection can use to receive materials, hold them on site and have them delivered by road on a just-in-time basis. Initially serving clay customers, the facility accommodates 20 wagons.