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Event report: Improving maximum payloads through better calculations

Event report: Improving maximum payloads through better calculations

On 12 December 2023, Aaron Barrett, Lead Research Analyst, Rail Standards and Safety Board (RSSB), and Ralph Goldney, Railfreight Consulting, explained the science behind limits on train payload, and how these are being improved. The maximum train payload for each class of locomotive on each section of track is contained in the Network Rail’s Freight […]

RFG News – November 2023 – Issue 162

RFG News – November 2023 – Issue 162

The November 2023 issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Download your copy here. Inside, we welcome our three new Board members Sabrina Meksaoui, Alex Kirk and Lee Armstrong. We would also like to sincerely thank our outgoing Board members Mike Garratt, Liam Day and Andrew Harston. In […]

RFG launches its 2024 Cross-Member Mentoring Programme RFG Cross-Member Mentoring Programme graphic

RFG launches its 2024 Cross-Member Mentoring Programme

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) is delighted to open its 2024 cross–member rail freight mentoring programme, helping its members develop their skills and industry knowledge. Making the announcement at RFG’s AGM and Autumn members’ meeting on 8 November, programme lead Deanne Logan from Mulberry & Mint said: “The Cross-Member Mentoring Programme gives anyone working in […]

Looking back at our first Cross-Member Mentoring Programme

Looking back at our first Cross-Member Mentoring Programme

The RFG launched its pilot cohort for the brand new Cross-Member Mentoring Programme in January. Some 40 mentees were matched with a mentor and 29 different organisations were represented, giving people in freight the opportunity to develop new skills and expand knowledge of the many different areas of rail freight over a 12-month period. Mentees […]

Event report: 31st Annual Rail Freight Conference

Event report: 31st Annual Rail Freight Conference

The RFG’s Annual Rail Freight conference (held on 5 October 2023) was a great success attended by more than 100 guests who were welcomed to the venue by Paul Hirst, Addleshaw Goddard’s head of Transport Sector Group. Maggie Simpson opened the day by reminding everyone that, despite economic challenges, stalled rail reform, and the disappointment […]

VTG Rail UK and Knorr-Bremse are leading the way with the trial of the UK’s FIRST digital iWagon

VTG Rail UK and Knorr-Bremse are leading the way with the trial of the UK’s FIRST digital iWagon

Britain’s largest private freight wagon leasing company, VTG Rail UK, and Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK), the market leader of braking systems and other systems for rail vehicles, have announced the network trial of the UK’s FIRST digital freight wagon. The VTG iWagon is set to revolutionise freight performance on rail by introducing new and significant […]

HS2 Decision is Deeply Disappointing for Rail Freight

HS2 Decision is Deeply Disappointing for Rail Freight

Rail Freight Group today condemned Government’s decision to cancel HS2 construction north of Birmingham describing it as the worst possible outcome for rail freight. Under Government plans announced today, the new HS2 line will be truncated at Birmingham, with the route to Crewe and then Manchester cancelled.  However, HS2 trains are still expected to run […]

RFG News – September 2023 – Issue 161

RFG News – September 2023 – Issue 161

The September 2023 issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Click here for the PDF version. This month was Awards month for RFG and we were delighted to announce Solent Stevedores as the well-deserved winners of our coveted Business of the Year Award. The Awards evening itself was […]