Locomotive for heaviest trains to UK construction firm

DCRail, the rail freight operating company that is part of the London based Cappagh Group of Companies, will this week take delivery of the first of four locomotives that will move construction materials to a new construction freight hub in north London. The locomotive has the capability to haul the heaviest trains currently running in the UK.

The four locomotives are of the Class 60 type. The locomotive number 60046 has the capability to haul the heaviest trains currently running in the UK and has been modernised for Cappagh by DB Cargo (UK) Limited at its engineering facility near Nottingham. The locomotive carries the name ‘William Wilberforce’, which commemorates the leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade in the United Kingdom. The three remaining locomotives will be delivered by Summer 2020.

Shift to rail

The new units are reserved to haul trains of materials to a new facility for construction freight hub near Wembley in northern London. This facility will be opened in 2020, poised to generate a shift from road to rail when it comes to aggregates and construction soils.

With the capability to handle trains conveying over 2,200 tonnes of material the new hub will be one of the most efficient rail terminals in the capital. The use of rail will allow Cappagh to reduce the environmental impact of its operations with each train carrying the equivalent of 110 lorry loads and the CO2 emissions per tonne delivered by rail are estimated to be more than half of that of road, the construction company said.

Construction on rails

Michael Ferncombe, group managing director of Cappagh: “The introduction of the Class 60 locomotives offers DCRail an exciting opportunity to strengthen and expand its service offering. The investment in DCRail supports our strategy to lead the market and meet clients’ requirements for a single service provider to manage complex construction projects from start to finish.

DCRail is a freight operating company that specialises in the movement of construction materials by rail for customers in the UK. It is part of the Cappagh Group of Companies which provides a wide range of construction services and has an annual turnover of over 100 million British pounds. The Cappagh Group operates through its companies Cappagh Contractors, Cappagh Public Works, Express Concrete, Allen Watson and DCRail.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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