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Fret SNCF to be spun off in French rail freight reform THE French prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe announced during a visit to the Bonneuil-sur-Marne freight terminal in southern Paris on April 16 that French National Railways’ (SNCF) loss-making rail freight unit Fret SNCF will be recapitalised and spun off as a separate legal entity, albeit with SNCF retaining 100% of the capital.
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IRJ at RailLive, Bilbao: Belgian rail freight operator Lineas is seeking partners to join its autonomous rail freight project. “We really believe in autonomous rail, but we need more partners to make this work,” Mr Geert...
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FRENCH wagon leasing company Atir Rail has awarded Duro Daković Specijalna Vozila, a susbsidiary of Croatian rolling stock manufacturer Duro Daković, a €5.2m contract to supply a batch of Shimms TTU wagons. The four-axle covered wagons...
fret-sncf-to-be-spun-off-in-french-rail-freight-reform
THE French prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe announced during a visit to the Bonneuil-sur-Marne freight terminal in southern Paris on April 16 that French National Railways’ (SNCF) loss-making rail freight unit Fret SNCF will be...
new-london-duisburg-rail-freight-service-offers-link-to-china
CMA CGM Logistics launched a new intermodal freight service on April 10 from London Gateway terminal via the Channel Tunnel to Duisburg, Germany, with connections to Poland and China.The service will initially operate once a...
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FRANCE’s Ministry of Ecology and the Spanish Development Ministry have invited expressions of interest for the operation of new piggyback services to carry lorry semitrailers between the two countries. The ministries are seeking feedback on the...
italian-high-speed-rail-freight-plan-unveiled
ITALIAN State Railways (FS) rail freight subsidiary Mercitalia has unveiled plans to launch high-speed rail freight services in a bid to gain a share of the market for high-value time-sensitive goods. The service, branded Mercitalia Fast,...
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POLAND’s largest rail freight operator PKP Cargo signed a Zlotys 388m ($US 113m) contract with Newag on April 4 for the modernisation of 60 Soviet-built SM48 diesel-electric heavy shunting locomotives. Rebuilding of the locomotives to Newag’s...
sbb-cargo-trials-automatic-wagon-coupler
SBB Cargo is set to trial Voith’s CargoFlex Type Scharfenberg automatic freight coupling on five wagons in mixed service beginning in January 2019.   The trial will follow pilots with seven wagons as part of SBB’s four-year...
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RANDON Implementos, Brazil, inaugurated a new road trailer and railway wagon production facility at Araraquara in the state of São Paulo on March 28. The company has invested Reais 100m ($US 30m) in the 25,000 m²...
bls-cargo-achieves-record-turnover
SWISS rail freight operator BLS Cargo achieved record turnover of SFr 203m ($US 213.6m) in 2017, a 6% increase compared with 2016, while net profits more than doubled from SFr 1.5m to SFr 3.5m. The increase...

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