GB Railfreight recruits Britain’s coolest trainspotter

The rail freight industry has a new face - TikTok trainspotting star Francis Bourgeois, the new brand ambassador for GB Railfreight (GBRf). Throughout 2022, he will be sharing his passion and insights for the railway, by showcasing the vital role of rail freight and going behind the scenes at GBRf – along with posting numerous clips of large, noisy diesel locos. Francis first came to GBRf’s attention with a video featuring ... [+]

Railtour reaches places other trains cannot

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has raised more than £147,000 for its charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK through its GBRf 2021 railtour for train enthusiasts. The four-day charity charter travelled across different parts of the UK rail network on 2-5 September. Its success was underpinned by the support of the wider rail industry ... [+]

Maersk to run daily Felixstowe-Sheffield train

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has signed a new two-year deal with AP Moller –Maersk to operate a daily service from Felixstowe to Newell & Wright’s new terminal in Tinsley, Sheffield. The new service will incorporate five new eco-fret 2 wagons that GBRf has recently procured from VTG. [+]

GBRf extends trans-European clay contract

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has extended its contract to move kaolin clay from Antwerp through to Irvine, Scotland operated in partnership with LINEAS, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe. The existing traffic flow will continue for an additional two years until the end of December 2021. The service has so ... [+]

Drax wagons roll for five more years

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has extended its contract to move biomass from the ports of Tyne and Liverpool to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire until 2025. The partnership dates back to 2010 when GBRf began moving biomass by rail from the Port of Tyne, initially using converted coal wagons. Drax ... [+]

GBRf starts 17th service

GB Railfreight has launched its 17th intermodal service, from Solent Stevedores, Southampton, to the Maritime terminal in Trafford, Manchester. It is GBRF’s third daily service from the port and will run five days a week.   [+]

Derailment disrupts Midlands rail

Rail freight services through the Midlands were being disrupted after a GBRf container train derailed at Whiteacre Junction near Birmingham Hams Hall terminal at 14.35 on 12 September. A spokesman for the operator said that there were no injuries and GBRf staff were quickly on the scene to co-ordinate with ... [+]

Rail stalwart gets 130-tonne retirement gift

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) marked the retirement of its chairman Tony Berkeley by naming a GBRf class 66 locomotive after him at London Victoria station on 27 June. RFG executive director Maggie Simpson paid tribute to his tireless work to enhance and support open access, modal shift and the ... [+]

GBRf chief takes command of parent company

GB Railfreight (GBRf) managing director John Smith has been appointed chief executive of parent company, Swedish-based Hector Rail Group. Hector Rail, Sweden’s largest private freight operator, completed acquisition of GBRf in November 2016. [+]

GBRf starts Southampton-Birmingham service

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has started its first intermodal service from Solent Stevedores terminal at ABP Port of Southampton to ABP’s Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal near Birmingham. The first 34-wagon service departed at 02:39am on 1 November on behalf of logistics firm Wincanton and will run daily (Tuesday to Saturday). GBRf ... [+]

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