THIS MONTH is due to see the start of train ferry services between Mobile, Alabama, and Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. To be operated by International Shipholding Corp of New Orleans as a joint venture with Ferrosur, it will give eastern US railways independent access to Mexico.

Ferrosur will handle traffic in Mexico, offering a 30h timing between Coatzacoalcos and Mexico City. ISC shortline subsidiary CG Railway Inc will shunt the Mobile terminal, providing connections with CN/IC, Norfolk Southern, CSX and BNSF. ISC and the Alabama State Docks Authority were expecting to complete a new ferry dock at Mobile in December.

CG Railway has chartered two 178m roll-on/roll-off vessels with a capacity of 60 wagons each. The ferry will run every four days, taking three days each way.