Rail supporters in the north of Scotland are helping whisky distilleries put more of the water of life on the metals. 77 of Scotland’s 99 malt whisky distilleries are located in the highlands and much of the traffic is moved...
Iarnród Éireann has started trial runs of longer freight trains. The trials will enable capacity of freight trains on principle routes in the Republic of Ireland to be increased by up to 50 per cent during the fourth quarter of...

Future beckons for rail freight

When the rail industry was privatised rail freight, like the rest of the business, was scheduled for quiet decline. BR had four main freight companies for sale - three were bought by Wisconsin Central and became EWS - subsequently acquired...

Spanish Freight for HS1

More London-bound fresh food and car parts from Valencia in Spain are being carried on High Speed One following a deal between HS1 and DB Schenker Rail (UK). The freight trains speeding up High Speed One to East London are...
A railway station once labelled Britain’s worst is back in business following a £44 million facelift. Manchester Victoria now has a vast new roof made from the same material used at the Eden Project whilst the station itself retains most...

Tank wagon returns home

A hundred year-old railway tank wagon, originally used to carry shale oil products from oil works in West Lothian, was unveiled by Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. The vehicle will go on display at the...
Monday 4th March was a big day for Iarnród Éireann and Port of Waterford when DFDS Logistics re-launched a container train reconnecting County Mayo with Rotterdam and the rest of Europe. Writes Tim Casterton DFDS operates the sea route from...
A moving international rail freight motorway comes a step nearer this summer. Europorte ran a trial lorry trailer service from Antwerp to Barking via the Channel Tunnel and High Speed One on May 21-22. The piggyback train consisted of a...
Britain has been at the heart of international trade for centuries. Today, our rail freight industry is a critical enabler of this continued success story. Having grown by 80 per cent in the decades since privatisation, it now provides the transport...
The company behind the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal plans to significantly expand the site. Prologis has applied for permission to build DIRFT III which will expand over the nearby former radio mast site near Hilmorton creating over 9,000 jobs....

Giving freight a fair shake

Philippa Edmunds, freight on rail manager, Campaign for Better Transport, makes a compelling argument to support a modal shift of freight from road to rail  Rail freight is key to servicing the UK economy in a cleaner safer way which...
Freightliner has released plans to build a state-of-the-art locomotive and wagon maintenance and fuelling facility at its Ranelagh Road freight yard in Ipswich. Around 20 skilled and semi-skilled jobs will be created as a result of the "multi-million pound investment",...

New freight train

DB Schenker Rail UK and PD Ports have launched their first rail freight service from Teesport in Middlesbrough to Mossend and Grangemouth in Scotland. Starting on 3 August service will offer a full train with 40 containers to and from...

On the road

Network Rail’s first preference is to transport goods by rail. In a bid to minimise road movements Network Rail is to build a 300,000 square foot national road haulage distribution centre on the site of the former Peugeot plant at...
DB Cargo UK has launched a trial service with steel giant ArcelorMittal. On September 29, the freight operator moved 1,300 tonnes of steel coil by 20 loaded BYA-type wagons from the Port of Boston to Wolverhampton. DB Cargo is providing a full port...

Stobart turns to rail freight

With the rapidly rising cost of fuel and today’s carbon, congestion and cost conscious society, road haulage is an increasingly controversial issue. Not only do continuing rises in fuel charges play a significant part in inflation, but best use of...

Critical biomass

Hard working designers at Lloyd’s Register Rail UK and W H Davis have developed a new biomass wagon, one of the largest of its kind. Says Richard Gibney, Professional Head of Traction and Rolling Stock, Lloyd’s Register Rail UK, ‘This...
Grabbing a set of 25kg weights, Freightliner’s Steve Cokayne talks me through his warm up routine. We meet at the gym he trains at in Leicestershire on a Friday morning. It’s been a long week for Steve, who has...
An international rail freight terminal – which featured on the front page of the second edition of RailStaff 17 years ago – has won approval for a substantial expansion. Daventry International Rail Freight terminal (Dirft) currently runs approximately 140 trains...

Rail freight rises

Rail freight is continuing to expand. Recent data published by the Office of Rail Regulation shows freight carried by rail rose by 5.8% in the year 2013-14 compared to the year before. A report commissioned by the Rail Delivery Group...
Rail freight sector champion Lord Tony Berkeley has now retired from his role as chairman of the Rail Freight Group (RFG), the industry representative body for the rail freight sector. A former public affairs manager for Eurotunnel, Tony has chaired...

GBRf wins on Aggregate

The New Year gets off to a good start for GB Railfreight which has started running a new service for Aggregates Industries (AI) as part of a five-year deal to transport sand and stone from AI quarries to various...

Daventry expands north

An extension to Daventry International Rail Terminal (DIRFT) has been agreed by government and work will start in the next few weeks. DIRFT III marks a massive expansion of the rail hub site with an extended railway line, 15 new...
The cargo of a fire-damaged ship has been saved by an intrepid rail freight company. The captain of the Zim Rotterdam cargo container ship, sailing from Port Klang in Malaysia to Felixstowe, had to lay up off the coast unable...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work