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Re-engineering Rail Freight

Unlike most passenger train operators, rail freight must operate at a profit since it gets no government support. As it works to...

GB Railfreight contracts DB Cargo to maintain its Class 60 maintenance

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced a new three-year deal with fellow rail freight company DB Cargo UK for them to undertake the...

DRS Class 88 electric loco runs up the East Coast main line for the first time.

One of Direct Rail Services’ all-electric Class 88 freight locomotives has run up the East Coast main line for the first time.

Rail unions concerned at plans to increase rail services

As talk continues about reopening Britain’s economy, which will need transport measures in place to get factory and office workers into and...

Freight line to Drax Power Station fully reopened

Network Rail has been working since February both to repair a major freight route and to keep supplies going into Drax power...

New plans for rail freight in Scotland

The freight industry in Scotland has collectively launched a new strategy intended to increase the amount of freight moved by rail. This is in...

Porterbrook Flex trains for Rail Operations Group’s new parcels service

Specialist train operator the Rail Operations Group (ROG) has announced it is acquiring two of Porterbrook’s innovative Flex trains for light logistics traffic. Capable...

Containers (Lots of) from China

In issue 86 (December 2011), Rail Engineer reported on the £650 million Russian Railways “Transsib in Seven Days” project to increase the capacity of...

Why Europe’s busiest railway collapsed at Rastatt

Around lunchtime on Saturday 12 August, groundwater broke into one of two new high-speed rail tunnels under construction for German Railways (DB) just south...

Railtex launch for mixed passenger and freight rail carriage

Product development company 42 Technology has come up with a reconfigurable train carriage system which could allow cargo to easily be transported onboard passenger services. Named the 'Adaptable...

Freight train of the future

The prosaic rail freight wagon rarely features in the pages of Rail Engineer. With so many stories about all aspects of railway engineering, this...

Antwerp’s new rail link

Now, for those unsure of the Belgian royal lineage, Queen Fabiola was the wife of King Baudouin. When he died in 1993, the throne...

Ipswich chord and freight yard

On 24 March, GBRf locomotive 66733 hauled the 11:33 from Felixstowe North Terminal to Doncaster Railport, becoming the very first revenue earning freight train...

Written-off!

The evening of 28 June was one of particularly heavy and prolonged downpours across Scotland and Northern England. Widespread travel chaos ensued, with the...

Traversing Felixstowe

Rail freight is on the up. The statistics may get overshadowed by those for passenger train journeys, but they are impressive. Statistics published by...