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First China – UK direct freight train arrives in London

First China - UK direct freight train arrives in London

The first ever direct freight train from China to the UK has arrived today in London, at DB Cargo Eurohub at Barking. The container train with 44 x 40’ boxes ex point of departure Yiwu (ten of the containers are destined for Duisburg and are unloaded there) carries mostly textile goods. It has …

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Polish OT Logistics submits sole bid for Montecargo privatisation

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Polish company OT Logistics has submit the only bid for a 51% stake in state-owned rail freight operator AD Montecargo. OT Logistics offered EUR 2.5 million euros, with the opportunity to subscribe for new shares through a capital increase, as well as the right to acquire additional shares held by the State of …

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ÖBB selects Siemens for the 200 electric freight locomotive order

Great Anatolia Logistic Organization and Rail Cargo Austria sign agreement for JV in Germany

Austrian Federal Railways have selected Siemens as preferred bidder in the tender for the supply of up to 200 electric freight locomotives. A 10-day standstill period will be followed by the final award of the contract, informs Austrian Press Agency, citing ÖBB.  The framework contract includes 100 standard four-axle freight locomotives (≥120 …

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Record number of containers transported on China-Germany route in 2016

Record number of containers transported on China-Germany route in 2016

Deutsche Bahn transported a record number of more than 40,000 containers by rail between Germany and China in 2016. “We transported more than 40,000 containers – the largest volume of freight ever – across the world’s longest rail route,” said Ronald Pofalla, Board Member for Economic, Legal and Regulatory Affairs …

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Lithuanian Railways and Polish OT Logistics sign rail transport agreement

Lithuanian Railways and Polish OT Logistics sign rail transport agreement

Lithuanian Railways and Polish OT Logistics have signed an agreement for the effective cooperation in rail fright transport between Poland and Lithuania as well as other routes. OT Logistics completed in December 2016 the acquisition of STK SA (100%),  the fifth largest private rail operator in Poland, and Kolej Bałtycka SA (80%).  …

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UVC to launch mass production of box cars

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United Wagon Company  has obtained a certificate for mass production of box cars, equipped with bogies with increased axle load. Even at stages of development and trial operation, the new rolling stock has aroused interest in railway operators to purchase it. Box car of model 11-6874 is a new type …

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First China – UK direct rail freight service launched

First China Railway Express branded container block train arrives in Warsaw

China’s Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment has started operations of a new direct rail freight service between the Chinese city of Yiwu (Zhejiang province) and London (Barking Rail Freight Terminal). The lead time is 18 days door to door and the service will run once a week during the trail period. Yiwu is known for producing …

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EU approves public funding to promote move of freight transport from road to rail and sea in Italy

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The European Commission has found two Italian public support schemes to encourage a shift of freight transport from road to rail and to sea, to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measures will further EU environmental and transport objectives whilst maintaining competition in the Single Market. The …

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Russian researchers develop new heat treatment method for increasing freight cars resistance

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A team of Russia’s National University of Science and Technology MISiS (NUST MISIS) researchers have developed a unique technology for preventing solebars in freight car trucks from breaking. Their invention is expected to increase the fatigue limit and fatigue strength of solebars by 50 percent, and reduce the number of elements that break down in the course of operation. The conditions in which trains are …

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DB Cargo and VTG conduct joint research on innovative freight wagons

DB Cargo and VTG conduct joint research on innovative freight wagons

The German government has commissioned DB Cargo and VTG to carry out the “Innovative Freight Wagon” research project. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is directing €17 million for the project the end of 2018. By taking this step, the federal government is underlining its commitment to moving …

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