Monday, November 9, 2009

New Trains Arrive for UK Rail Freight Haulage Market

Enhanced capabilities and reduction in carbon emissions with GE Locos
Shipping News Feature

UK – British rail freight operator Freightliner Group today took delivery of its first new PowerHaul locomotives from GE Transportation. According to a joint press release the engines represent a new benchmark for the UK rail market with state-of-the-art technology that makes them greener for their power output.

The new locomotives will now undergo commissioning before entering service and complementing Freightliner’s existing fleet of more than 160 locomotives.

During an unveiling ceremony at Newport Docks, Tim Shakerley, Engineering Director, Freightliner Group Ltd said:

“I am extremely proud to see the first two PowerHaul locomotives arrive in the UK. This product is a culmination of two years of hard work and partnership with GE, in order to produce a locomotive that will increase our haulage capabilities and bring further reduction to our carbon emissions.”

Brett BeGole, General Manager of Global Locomotive Operations for GE Transportation said:

“We are excited today with the arrival of the first PowerHaul locomotives as this represents GE Transportation’s entry to the UK and European market place. The PowerHaul Series is GE’s most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and low-emissions diesel-electric freight locomotive to date.”

With increasing interest in the UK concerning the potential carbon savings possible with rail freight the new engines commissioning and service will be of interest to a broad spectrum of the freight fraternity which is looking to further improve both efficiency and emissions.