Liberalisation of Polish railfreight has arguably been a great success, with open-access operators now controlling almost half of the market. But with high fixed costs and static volumes, the industry still faces fundamental challenges, as Keith Barrow discovers.
Russian private freight operator Globaltrans' purchase of the railway assets of mining company Metalloinvest reflects the increasing liberalisation of the Russian freight market, as chairman Alexander Eliseev (pictured) explains to Kevin Smith.
BRITISH company Railweight has installed in-motion train weighing systems on each side of the 4.8km Jamuna River road/rail bridge in Bangladesh. The bridge, opened in 1998 to connect the two parts of Bangladesh's hitherto divided rail network, and is currently used by up to 17 freight trains a day which are subject to a weight restriction to prevent further cracks from forming in the bridge. Up to now, freight trains have had to stop for a lengthy manual inspection, which was not particularly accurate, before being allowed to cross. Now it is possible to weigh trains at up to 80km/h and when travelling on either broad or metre-gauge track.
SWISS intermodal operator Hupac and its Italian counterpart Cemat, together with Trenitalia, have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of future intermodal terminals in Milan, Brescia and Piacenza that will aid intermodal freight traffic in Northern Italy and on the Rotterdam - Genoa corridor.