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Freightliner at fifty

[ October 20, 2015   //   ]

Intermodal rail firm Freightliner celebrates its 50th birthday on 12 November. Customers, industry representatives and colleagues will mark the anniversary of the first train – from London to Glasgow – at an event at the National Rail Museum in York, including a keynote speech by Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin.
Starting out in 1965 as the container arm of the nationalised British Rail, Freightliner was sold in 1996 through a management buyout as part of the wider privatisation of the rail industry. The company has since diversified beyond deep-sea intermodal traffic with the creation of several subsidiaries, including Freightliner Heavy Haul, Logico, Freightliner Maintenance, Freightliner Poland and Freightliner Australia. The Group also completed the acquisition of ERS Railways in the Netherlands and, most recently, expanded into the Middle East.
Earlier this year, Freightliner was itself acquired by US railroad company, Genesee & Wyoming.