World rail freight news round-up
Australia’s GrainCorp has awarded Watco a contract to provide haulage services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in Queensland, where two harvests per year produce 2·8 millions of tonnes of grain. Watco has ordered eight locomotives from US supplier National Rail Equipment, as well as wagons from China, and plans to start operations in Q4 2019.Approval has been granted for the transport of dangerous goods on the standard gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi.3Squared has won a contract to provide four of its RailSmart suite of 13 business applications to Hector Rail. The contract initially covers the RailSmart CL collaborative control log, RailSmart FD defect reporting app, RailSmart MCA digital train consist and the RailSmart Employee Development System, with the roll-out of the full RailSmart system planned.United Wagon Co’s TikhvinSpetsMash factory has supplied 162 Type 13-6852-02 timber wagons to Estonian freight operator Operail’s wagon leasing subsidiary WagonPro. The 25 tonne axleload wagons offer a capacity of 74 tonnes or 122 m3, with overhaul intervals of 800 000 km or eight years comparing favourably to the 210 000 km or three years of older designs.GEFCO and Bergé have formed an alliance to provide finished vehicle logistics services for the automotive sector in Spain. The equally-owned company will have the capacity to handle 1·4 million cars annually, with more than 100 railway wagons and 700 lorries as well as 10 logistic centres.The City of Oshkosh, Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp and Watco’s Wisconsin & Southern Railroad have opened a terminal in the Wisconsin city which has two 400 m sidings serving local industrial customers.JSW Steel has extended until the end of August 2022 a contract under which India’s South Western Railway gives a tariff rebate in return for assured tonnages of freight from plants at Tornagallu to Dolvi (Mumbai) and Salem.