World rail freight news round-up
On August 28 Container Corp of India celebrated the introduction of containers fitted with an electronic cargo tracking system on the route from Visakhapatnam Port to the container terminal at Birgunj in Nepal.
OmniTRAX’s Chicago Rail Link and Illinois Railway businesses have been awarded grants under the Federal Railroad Administration’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements programme whch will cover 70% of the cost of deploying Positive Train Control on five locomotives which operate on corridors shared with Chicago commuter operator Metra.
Iran's Minister of Roads & Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and Afghanistan’s Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation Muhammad Hamid Tahmasi met in Tehran in August to discuss cross-border road and furture rail freight services. Akhoundi said cnstruction of the third stage of the Khaf – Herat rail link had reached Jono in Afghanistan, and Iran was waiting for Afghanistan's decision to build the fourth phase from Jono to Herat.
A total of 12 companies or consortia have expressed interest in a concession to operate lorry-carrying rolling motorway services between France and Spain.