The train is operated twice-weekly by Continental Rail, an open access operator owned by the construction company ACS, and with demand expected to grow quickly the service is likely to become daily in the near future.
Specially-designed onboard generators power the cooling systems on each 45ft container, which are used to carry fresh produce from the Nonduermas terminal located in the centre of the region of Murcia, a major producer of fruit and vegetables.
This new MacAndrews service complements three other trains it already operates in Spain, all of which radiate from the port of Bilbao. These trains serve Seville (operated by Renfe), Barcelona and Castellon (operated by Logitren).
Following infrastructure manager Adif's plans to introduce private capital in the management of some of its freight terminals, a consortium composed of MacAndrews, Continental Rail and road transport company Grupo Fuentes operate part of the Nonduermas terminal under a five-year contract.