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Yiwu to Barking Container Service Nears London

17 Jan 2017 19:22
  • Yiwu to Barking Container Service Nears London

On 1 January 2017 a test consignment of containers left Yiwu, bound for the Barking container terminal in the East End of London, where arrival is scheduled for early on the 18th. This is the first ever China to Britain railfreight service, even though these services have been evolving now for a decade between China and towns and cities in mainland Europe. Transhipment took place on the borders of China and Kazakhstan, between Belarus and Poland, and finally at the Duisburg terminal, since thence to Barking a rake of wagons certified for use through the Channel Tunnel had to be used.

The train was loaded with 44 40-foot containers, of which 34 continued from Duisburg to Barking. The consignments consisted mainly of household items, bags, textiles and suitcases. The service represents the latest development towards an effort to make China to Europe railfreight attractive for conveying cheap consumer goods.

The organisers of the service are Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment and InterRail Holding, with Brunel Project Cargo being the forwarding partner in Britain. PKP Cargo was responsible for haulage from Malaszewice to Duisburg and DB Cargo for the rest of German portion of the journey and between Calais and Barking, with B Logistics taking over for the run through Belgium and France. This photo shows the train on the evening of 16 January in Hasselt, Belgium, hauled by B Logistics’ 186 217, which is on hire from Alpha Trains Europe.

Czech Xpress Starts

13 Apr 2016 19:32
  • Czech Xpress Starts
  • Czech Xpress Starts

Since 2015 B Logistics has been developing its Green Xpress Network, a system of freight train services between Belgium and various foreign locations. The objective is to provide the movement of wagonload freight, or groups of wagons, using a faster and more streamlined method than that provided by standard wagonload freight trains. The first of the new services to start up in 2016 was on 9 February 2016 the Czech Xpress, between Antwerpen, Kinkempois and Ústí nad Labem, subsequently running on average twice a week.

This photo shows the inaugural service, headed by 186 233, which B Logistics has on hire from Alpha Trains. The other photo was taken during inaugural ceremony held on 12 April 2016 in Antwerpen, with (from left to right) Kamil Rudolecký, the Czech Deputy Minister of Transport, Sam Bruynseels, CCO of B Logistics, Geert Pauwels, CEO of B Logistics, Marc Van Peel, President of Antwerpen Port, Jasper Pillen, spokesperson for the Belgian Minister of Mobility and Ivan Bednárik, CEO of ČD Cargo. The train is currently used by a couple of clients for sending Belgian steel to the Czech Republic, but there is potential for more clients especially from Antwerpen.