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World rail freight news round-up

05 Nov 2018

ÖBB has completed a €60m project to modernise and expand the Wolfurt intermodal freight terminal near the Swiss and German borders.

Transportation Partners & Logistics is undertaking a $4·1m construction project to double rail capacity at a wind turbine factory in Pensacola, Florida, to handle up to 20 wagons per shift from February 2019. ‘In addition to maintaining our own storage and distribution facilities, TP&L specialises in managing other sites as well as consulting on construction for large projects such as this one’, said TP&L President Jim Orr. ‘We are proud to have the opportunity to provide wind OEMs with distribution solutions to move large quantities of wind energy components quickly and efficiently.’

Canadian National has reached an agreement to acquire The TransX Group of Companies, based in Winnipeg. ‘This strategic acquisition allows CN to deepen its supply chain focus, strengthening our exceptional franchise, including our intermodal business, notably the specialised, fast-growing refrigerated segment’, said CN President & CEO JJ Ruest. Terms were not disclosed and the acquisition is subject to regulatory review.

On October 25 United Transport & Logistics Co dispatched its 2 500th train this year, carrying 41 40 ft containers loaded with Volvo Crossover cars from Xi’an to Małaszewicze. In 2017 it ran a total of 2 102 trains.

PD Ports has launched a second train from Teesport in northeast England to Mossend in Glasgow, operated by DB Cargo and running five days a week. It connects with P&O Ferries from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam

PKP Cargo Group has been awarded EU co-financing to support the purchase of multi-system locomotives and intermodal wagons (92·4m złoty), more intermodal wagons (183·5m złoty) and modernisation and extension of the Małaszewicze intermodal terminal (12·8m złoty).