Monday, April 26, 2010

DB Schenker Ship Bogies To China As They Face Criticism For Noisy Rail Freight Service

700 Rail Car Loads Cut Emissions as Company is Accused of Noise Pollution
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UK – GERMANY – CHINA - The row over ‘noisy’ trains, operated by DB Schenker on the 13-mile stretch of rail track between Stirling and Longannet power station, which was re-opened in 2008, literally rumbles on. We reported last October how residents found their slumbers interrupted as coal traffic on the line continued throughout the night despite an enquiry at the time by local authorities finding no serious disturbances.

Now, pre election, the local MSP is calling for Scottish Power to insist on ‘quieter’ trains which he says are used by Schenker’s competitor’s Freightliner. Scottish Power sub contract the carriage via Clydeport & Scottish Coal and, despite the earlier report that the line affected only a handful of residents after resumption of traffic, Michael Mathieson, Scottish National Party member for Falkirk West, has discovered that Government has little say over the matter. He is pressing the Office of Rail Regulation to become more active in scrutinising such problems and persuading Scottish Power to influence its contractors.

Ironically the complaints come just as DB Schenker are embarking on a contract they say will have positive effects on the environment. The company is to ship 1440 rail bogies, for inclusion into train passenger carriages, which are for construction in China. Up to now the bogies shipped from the manufacturers in Graz by truck to their destination. Now they will move via Hamburg by 700 rail freight cars prior to their installation into high-speed passenger trains.

By transferring the shipments to rail, Siemens will save an estimated 600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and will thus improve its environmental performance. DB Schenker spokesperson Karsten Sachsenröder said:

"Rail freight transportation services offer clear benefits in terms of environmental compatibility. The latest shipments for our long-standing customer Siemens, for example, result in a total saving of around 600 truck trips."

Photo:- Courtesy of DB Rail