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World rail freight news round-up

25 Jun 2018

German operator EGP placed the first order for Siemens’ Smartron electric locomotive on June 21, signing a contract for three to be delivered in 2019. A week earlier the operator had taken delivery of its second Siemens Vectron AC locomotive.

Contship Italia Group's multimodal operator Hannibal is to launch a second daily service between Rail Hub Milano and Switzerland on July 2. The route to Zürich-Niederglatt complements the existing service to Basel-Frenkendorf.

Ocean Network Express, which was formed last year through the merger of three Japanese container shipping businesses, has signed a contract for guaranteed rail freight capacity on Freightliner's main UK intermodal routes. 'Everyone benefits from a significant reduction in carbon emissions and we can continue to provide the high level of service that our customers expect from us', said Derek Wakeling, Product & Network Director at ONE.

United Wagon Co’s TikhvinChemMash business is to supply chemical company Shchekinoazot with 176 Type 15-6880 methanol tank wagons and 119 Type 15-6926 ammonia wagons.

Czech operator EP Cargo has added a second Siemens Vectron MS to its fleet; the electric loco bought from Siemens was previously leased to STB and Salzburger Lokalbahn of Austria.

Đuro Đaković has won orders worth 87m kuna to supply Slnps wagons to Swietelsky Baugesellschaft and Smnps wagons to Eurailpool in the second half of 2019.

TransContainer has launched a domestic freight service between Rostov and Vladivostok using its own containers, saying the service offers rapid delivery, a guaranteed transit time and is competitive with alternative modes.

GATX Rail Germany has awarded Đuro Đaković Specijalna Vozila a 33·1m kuna contract to supply Shimmns wagons for transporting metal coil.

Rotork supplied Greenbrier-Astra Rail with automated pneumatic control systems for 50 high capacity biomass wagons ordered by leasing company Nacco which GB Railfreight will use to supply Lynemouth Power Station in northeast England. The controls, hand valves and visual indicators are located in one place with safe and convenient access, and the hopper doors are operated by a magnetic sensor valve using a lineside magnet.