Freightliner favours new Babcock rail piggyback

Babcock Rosyth is expected to win a £10m contract for its new Mega 3 piggyback rail wagon from container transport operator Freightliner. Babcock Rosyth said a contract has yet to be signed, but Freightliner insists the deal is imminent. ‘We hope for a contract by the end of the year and we are talking to […]

Babcock Rosyth is expected to win a £10m contract for its new Mega 3 piggyback rail wagon from container transport operator Freightliner.

Babcock Rosyth said a contract has yet to be signed, but Freightliner insists the deal is imminent.

‘We hope for a contract by the end of the year and we are talking to several parties about this product,’ Babcock Rosyth said. The parties include Railtrack, which is helping with the wagon’s UK registration tests expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Mega 3 wagon weighs 16 tonnes, lighter than most freight wagons, and can carry a standard ISO 2.89m high container, or road trailers and swapbodies.

‘The idea is that this wagon can take these semi-trailers through SP1-C, the standard freight loading gauge,’ Babcock said. ‘There would be no need to upgrade freight lines where railcars operate at 140 km/h.’