New freight operator on Dutch railway network
A new rail operator can be seen on Dutch railways since last week. Freight operator Railexperts is now licensed to operate its own trains on the national network. The company specialises in the transport of rolling stock and other freight services, in addition to dedicated passenger services.
“Railexperts has received the required paperwork to operate its own trains on the Dutch railway network, after successful application for a company license and safety certificate”, stated the Dutch infrastructure manager Prorail last week. “It is now officially qualified as a railway company and therefore, as an operator.”
Previously, the company was dependent on other train operators to provide its services. Although it was able to apply for slots on the track, the train would be operated by other parties. In June this year, it purchased its first locomotive: the RXP 9901. It was a step forward to running its services independently, described Railexperts.
On Friday the 15th of September, it made its first journey with the RXP 9901, transporting a group of German passengers having a party on the other side of the country. The number of operators on the Dutch railway network now adds up to fifty.