Published 2nd March 2012
HARWICH - GB Railfreight, one of Britain’s largest Railfreight companies, has signed a contract with Carless Petroleum.
The contract sees the movement of Petroleum Products from the Carless distillery in Harwich to the rail served oil terminal at Holybourne, in Hampshire.
The train had been running twice weekly, although no exact running pattern has yet been established. All trains are running to a “Short Term Plan” basis, which is the polar opposite to “Working Timetable”. A train which is booked as a short term plan can run as little as once, to a period of months.
The locomotives being used to operate the service are GB Railfreight’s Class 66s, which will be hauling around 20 loaded “TTA” tanks.
The routing sees the train run from Harwich to Manningtree, where it joins the Great Eastern Main Line as far as Stratford. From here, it runs via Camden Road and Gospel Oak on the North London Line, dropping down via the freight only line through Kew East to Brentford, where it runs on South West Trains metals to Woking via Staines. The locomotive has to run around its train at Alton Station making an interesting comparison with the Mid Hants Railway demonstration goods train!
The announcement is another success for GB Railfreight, whose portfolio is expanding once more.