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Old April 27th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #1
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UNITED KINGDOM | Freight Railways

This thread is about British freight railways

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Old April 27th, 2014, 09:22 PM   #2
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Freightliner announces London Gateway services
26 Apr 2014

UK: Freightliner Ltd announced on April 17 that is to launch daily services from London Gateway to six destinations in the UK.

During May shipping lines Hamburg Süd and Hapag-Lloyd are due to transfer their UK calls to the new container port on the Thames, including services to the east and west coasts of South America, the Middle East, Pakistan and India.

‘We have moved quickly to meet the demands of our customers as a result of their decision to ship to London Gateway’, said Freightliner Ltd Commercial Director Keith Gray. ‘These planned daily services are tailored to meet the expected customer demand and are designed to allow flexibility and room for growth in the future’.

To be introduced around May 2, the new services will operate to Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. This will take the number of daily services operated by Freightliner Ltd from 100 to 106
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Old April 29th, 2014, 05:17 PM   #3
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Innovative scheduling and rapid turnaround wins Malcolm Logistics intermodal contract for DB Schenker Rail UK

Monday 28 April 2014

DB Schenker Rail UK has won a major new three-year contract with Malcolm Logistics to provide intermodal trains between Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) and Mossend Euroterminal.

DB Schenker Rail UK won the contract from the long-term incumbent by devising a schedule that enables a single train to complete the round trip in just 24 hours. Previously, two trains had to be used on the route, one in each direction, to maintain the strict delivery schedule demanded by the contract.

The more streamlined service developed by DB Schenker Rail UK introduced considerable time efficiencies and cost savings, using electric traction to reduce journey times.

David Munt, Commercial Manager, Rail Development at DB Schenker Rail UK, said: "Our innovative solution to this contract meant we offered a much more efficient and cost-effective service than our competitors. It was essential for the end customers that time-sensitive goods, arrived at distribution centres on time, and we were able to provide those assurances."

Malcolm Logistics has built up its multi-faceted, blue chip customer base over a long period. The containers carried under this contract will hold goods for major retailers, manufactures and link with mainland Europe.

Upon winning the contract, DB Schenker Rail UK had a very short implementation window of just four weeks to get the service up and running.

David adds: "Given the tight implementation programme, we had to pull out all the stops to ensure we lived up to customer expectations for reliability, service and performance. It's a testament to the determination and expertise of everyone involved that the first train despatched under this contract actually departed a few minutes early."

Andrew Malcolm, Chief Executive of The Malcolm Group said: "Malcolm Logistics have been involved in rail for 13 years as part of our wider logistics offering throughout the UK. DB Schenker Rail UK gained our business based upon competitive pricing, performance commitments and an ability to meet our growing demand for rail logistics through innovative solutions and a fresh approach to customer relations."

From the DB Schenker UK Rail website
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Old April 30th, 2014, 01:52 AM   #4
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Is a seperate thread really necessary?
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Old April 30th, 2014, 12:24 PM   #5
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For people that find the subject of British freight trains arousing, yes.

There's an equivalent thread for the US and there are some others I've seen for Italy and Spain.
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Old May 1st, 2014, 02:35 AM   #6
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The general thread could've easily be used for that as well. To my knowledge, freight trains do not even remotely play such a prominent role in the UK as they do in the USA.
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What general thread?

And while it's true that the British rail system, like all European rail systems, is not a freight-dominated system like those systems of the US, Canada and Mexico, the fact is that freight trains operate nonetheless.

And I don't see what harm it may cause anyone to have this thread.

If you don't like it, don't read it.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 03:58 PM   #8
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GBRf leases Ecofret container wagons
08 May 2014


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UK: Following a successful 18-month trial with a single vehicle, on May 8 GB Railfreight announced it had agreed to lease 18 Ecofret triple-platform container wagons from VTG Rail UK for five years. Deliveries of the 17 extra wagons will run from November 2014 to early 2015.

The Ecofret wagon is designed to maximise the number of 40 ft containers that can be carried within a given train length. The outer platforms can each carry one 40 ft container and the inner platform can carry either one 40 ft or two 20 ft containers, with a tare load of 21 tonnes and payload of 36 tonnes per platform. The vehicle is carried on six Barber 20.5 track-friendly bogies purpose-designed by SCT.

‘The growing dominance of 40 ft containers in the deepsea market, infrastructure improvements at the Port of Felixstowe and changing train length regulations all mean that freight transportation demand is changing in the UK’, said GBRf Managing Director John Smith. ‘We want to make sure we adapt to this changing environment and improve our productivity.’
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First trains run on Doncaster North Chord
Tuesday, June 03, 2014



A MILESTONE was reached on a key capacity enhancement project in northeast England on June 1, when GB Railfreight operated the first test train over the newly-completed Doncaster North Chord.

The £45m 3.2km link will enable coal trains travelling from the Humber ports to reach power stations in the Aire Valley without traversing a section of the busy East Coast Main Line (ECML). On a typical weekday around 30 coal trains link the port of Immingham with power stations at Eggborough and Ferrybridge.

The centrepiece of the project is a 246m-long six-span viaduct at Shaftholme, which will carry freight trains across the ECML connecting the Grimsby – Doncaster and Doncaster – Knottingley lines.

The current layout of the junctions means coal trains are forced to travel via a 23km stretch of the ECML between Doncaster and Hambleton Junction near Selby
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The general thread could've easily be used for that as well. To my knowledge, freight trains do not even remotely play such a prominent role in the UK as they do in the USA.
Tell that to DBSR, Freightliner, GBRf & DRS as they seem to be making a good business from it all.

UK railfreight business is a big one, maybe not as big as that in the USA but then the USA is bigger so its industry will be bigger.
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Old January 14th, 2016, 04:05 PM   #11
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Tarmac awards British rail freight contracts
Thursday, January 14, 2016



BRITISH construction materials supplier Tarmac has awarded five-year contracts to four rail freight operators as it seeks to increase the volume of aggregate and other materials it moves by rail

Under the new contracts, Colas Rail will operate cement trains from Oxwellmains cement works, which is situated east of Edinburgh at the northern end of the East Coast Main Line. GB Railfreight will operate aggregate trains from Swinden, Thrislington and Dry Rigg quarries in northern England, while Freightliner has been awarded a contract for aggregates operations from Tunstead in central England

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Old January 14th, 2016, 07:34 PM   #12
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Tunstead is in central England now? I thought it wasnt far from Buxton.
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Is Swinden near Swindon?
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Is Swinden near Swindon?
No, it's in North Yorkshire:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swinden_Quarry
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I've actually passed it a few times in the bus from Grassington to Skipton. At first I thought the tracks were something to do with the Bolton Abbey railway. Is this route the reason the Bolton Abbey railway starts from Embsay and not from Skipton?
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I wouldnt have a clue about the Bolton Abbey Railway starting but I do know you cant path a freight train, trip working or similar train over a preserved railway.
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I wouldnt have a clue about the Bolton Abbey Railway starting but I do know you cant path a freight train, trip working or similar train over a preserved railway.
What about the coal trains which ran on the Weardale Railway?
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Doesnt count as they did all the necessary to operate the service over the line, planning permission etc. Thats more like running a private train over a privatly owned line, which isnt uncommon.

As an example type Llangollen into a site like realtimetrains, there is a station there and it runs services, but as an example DBSr or Freightliner couldnt path a train over it.

http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/
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Ok, so if I understand it right, there should be no problem with the Bolton-Embsay raiway continuing on to Skipton, travelling along line that is also used by freight to Swinden.
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Ok, so if I understand it right, there should be no problem with the Bolton-Embsay raiway continuing on to Skipton, travelling along line that is also used by freight to Swinden.
Is the line active and part of the UK National rail network?
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