World rail freight news round-up
TikhvinChemMash is to supply 66 Type 15-6880 methanol tank wagons and 35 Type 15-6926 ammonia wagons to Shchekinoazot by the end of Q1 2019, taking the chemical producer’s fleet of UWC vehicles to 396 wagons.
Swiss Post and SBB Cargo have signed a four-year framework agreement for the continued transport of mail by rail.
Laude Smart Intermodal has selected Gök Yapi Sanayi to supply 44 80 ft Sggrs container wagons for €3·8m. The Turkish supplier beat one other bidder.
Rail Cargo Group and its technology partner, Austrian telecoms company A1, have launched the SmartCargo project to fit 13 700 wagons with position, motion and shock detection sensors by the end of 2020.
ČD Cargo has begun taking delivery of 100 Sgnss 60 ft wagons ordered from Ostravské Opravny a Strojírny which will be used to transport Innofreight containers.
Lineas is now using three leased Vossloh G1206 locomotives to provide shunting services at Maasvlakte-West in the Netherlands and operate last mile service to and from Maasvlakte and Botlek. ‘Thanks to the new activities and our locomotives, we have now really anchored our presence in the Port of Rotterdam‘, said Director of Commercial Operations Matthias Herrebosch.
On February 15 mining company Roy Hill officially opened a A$19m bridge it has funded to eliminate a level crossing where the Great Northern Highway crosses its line to Port Hedland in Western Australia. Main Roads WA oversaw design, procurement and construction, which was undertaken by contractor Georgiou Pty Ltd with local Aboriginal business Gebro Contracting as site supervisor.
Rail Cargo Group has launched a twice-weekly service between Lübeck in Germany and Wels in Austria. A Duisburg – Venezia service is to be launched in March.
Logistics company H Essers and Lineas have launched a rail service carrying containers and trailers from the Euro Terminal Genk in Belgium to the Port of Trieste in Italy, linking with sailings for Greece and Turkey. There are two trains per week, with plans for a third. H Essers is using the service to move chemicals, pharmaceuticals and high value products in 45 ft Safebox temperature-controlled containers which are electronically locked and monitored 24/7 from its control room.
UK construction materials company Tarmac has worked with Ermewa to install GPS tracking systems on its wagons to gain real-time information about their location and allow customers to know when a train will arrive for offloading. It is also working with VTG to trial VTG Connect units which provide live information to maintenance crews.
Two Siemens Vectron locomotives which have been used in Scandinavia for five years are being modified by leasing company Northrail to enable them to be used by operators in Germany and Austria.
GB Railfreight has begun transporting inert waste from Cricklewood in London to Barrington Quarry for S Walsh & Sons Ltd.