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- New rolling stock order confirmedRead More
- Cat-in-the–box Chiefie reunited with familyRead More
- Palmerston North train unlocks possibility for ‘super’ freight service to ChristchurchRead More
- New Rolling Stock proves its worthRead More
- Longer log trains running on key forestry routeRead More
- New lease on life for popular wagon classRead More
- One freight train can take up to 100 trucks off the roadRead More
- Rail Ferry DrydockRead More
- Youngest train driver takes first soloRead More
- KiwiRail wins business from courier companyRead More
- Further investment in rail line between Hamilton and TaurangaRead More
- KiwiRail to begin new log service to Wellington from WairarapaRead More
- Freight growth continues but decrease in full year results forecastRead More
- Take care at level crossings along busy train lineRead More
- Dispatch - Freight Newsletter December 2011Read More
- KiwiRail continues to build a stronger foundation for the futureRead More
- KiwiRail sees strong growth at Southdown Freight TerminalRead More
- Getting closer to customersRead More
- Log carrying capacityRead More
- Order placed for more new locomotivesRead More
Log carrying capacity
KiwiRail's log carrying capability will receive a substantial boost later this year with the arrival of hi-tech log cradle bases.
The bases, enough for 100 wagons, will enable three log bunks per wagon and can carry up to 36 tonnes, giving a 20 - 50 percent payload increase on existing fleet. The first shipment of 144 bolsters (24 wagons) arrives in NZ in September and will be deployed in October, with the remaining cradles arriving during October and November.
While these wagons can be used anywhere on the network, a particular focus on the lower North Island, says KiwiRail Manager Bulk, Steve Muir.
The progressive introduction of new container flat top wagons to the fleet over coming months, will release UK wagons for this business.
"We are working with forestry owners to investigate potential
inland hubs at strategic locations where logs can be stockpiled and
then transported by rail to export ports."
The cradles, from Swedish firm ExTe are proven on European railroads and variants are also used by the road transport industry.