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Fully functional jacks for tiny spaces

To help a short on space freight operator keep tanker wagons in service, design engineers at rail depot equipment specialist Mechan have gone back...

Major investment in rail freight at Port of Grangemouth

A multimillion-pound investment has been announced in the rail freight offering at the Port of Grangemouth, intended to cement its position as the key...

DB Cargo tests alternative to diesel fuel

As part of its programme to look for new and innovative ways to power its fleet and decarbonise its operations, DB Cargo UK has...

RAIB reports on derailment of a freight train near Wanstead Park

A new Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report has been released following investigations into the derailment of a freight train near Wanstead Park in...

RAIB issues Urgent Safety Advice to freight wagon maintainers

Following the derailment and a fire involving a tanker train at Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, on 26 August 2020, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has...

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 tight financial...

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 maintenance of...

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. Engineering work on...

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 out of...

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 station. The line...

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 response to...

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...