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Rail Cargo Carrier - Slovakia Moves First Regular Freight

27 Nov 2015 09:58
  • Rail Cargo Carrier - Slovakia Moves First Regular Freight

On 25 November 2015 Rail Cargo Carrier - Slovakia, the Slovakian licensed operator of the Rail Cargo Group, moved its first regular commercial freight under its own licence. This was a one-off occasion, the train being a service from Leoben Donawitz to Poland moving a load of empty Innofreight containers used for coke transport. This train is normally routed up the direct south to north transit line in the eastern Czech Republic, but on this occasion was re-routed from Wien via Bratislava, then via Kúty to enter the Czech Republic, and rejoin its usual route at Břeclav. Haulage was provided between Wien and Kúty by RCH’s 1116 049. Taurus 1216 227 acted as pilot from the Slovakian border station of Kúty to Břeclav, since the Class 1116 had not yet been authorised for use on the Czech section of this stretch of line.

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Germany To Turkey Through Balkans Haulage By Rail Cargo Group

18 Apr 2014 12:34
  • Germany To Turkey Through Balkans Haulage By Rail Cargo Group
  • Germany To Turkey Through Balkans Haulage By Rail Cargo Group

On 5 April 2014 the Rail Cargo Group (RCG) started using its own motive power in Romania and Bulgaria for its freight services which were established in recent years, linking Germany and Turkey. At present RCG runs five train pairs per week on this route, three of them linking Duisburg and the port of Tekirdag. On this service RCG is partnered by the Turkish freight company BALO, which is aiming to increase the amount of railfreight traffic between Turkey and Europe. ÖBB Produktion’s 1116 071 provided haulage between Sopron and Nova Zagora, just with diesel haulage required on the non-electrified Bucuresti - Ruse section, where the locomotive was provided from RCG’s Romanian fleet. The photos show the train on 8 April at Petrosani, in Romania, and the following day at the Bulgarian border station of Ruse.