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04.09.13

Eight new Class 66 locos for GBRf

GB Railfreight has signed a deal for eight new Class 66 locomotives with Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. The rolling stock will be delivered in August 2014 and will be used on biomass and infrastructure Railfreight haulage.

John Smith, managing director of GBRf, said: “GB Railfreight continues to go from strength to strength and this new purchase is a significant step by the company to ensure we meet current and future demand for our services.

“I look forward to working with Electro-Motive in bringing these locomotives and equipment into service.

“As demand for rail freight continues to exceed expectations, we need to make sure we have the locomotives to move the freight and the right infrastructure to service this demand.

“It is important that Government and the regulator continue to set the right conditions to encourage investor confidence in the market.”

Paul Denton, senior vice president at Progress Rail/EMD, said: “GBRf is a great business success story and Electro-Motive Diesel is excited to partner with them to provide additional Class 66 locomotives and locomotive maintenance to meet the growing needs of their customers.

“John Smith is a visionary entrepreneur with a passion to grow the rail freight business in the UK. EMD appreciates his trust and confidence in selecting our products and services and we look forward to meeting GBRf’s current and future motive power needs.”

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Nonsuchmike   09/09/2013 at 15:01

I do like the idea of more and more freight being carried by rail. With different sized wagons and new extra large ones possible on some routes this gives tremendous flexibility as to the types of freight which can be transported in ever larger quantities. Keeping convoys of mega lorries off the roads, whether M-Ways or local roads, must be a relief for most peace loving home owners.

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