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High-cube rail service from Teesport
05/01/2012 | Channel:
Direct Rail Services (DRS) has launched a new service from PD Ports’ Teesport container terminal utilising a unique wagon that can transport high-cube boxes to areas of the UK previously inaccessible by rail.
The five-days-a-week service was launched on 10th October and operates between Teesport’s rail head at its fast growing container terminal in the UK north east and the Stobart Group’s Widnes Intermodal Rail Depot. It operates using ultra-low wagons, named ‘SuperLow 45’ and manufactured by WH Davis, that are capable of carrying high-cube containers over non-gauge enhanced and height restricted routes, opening up almost the entire UK rail network to the larger boxes.
Previously, high-cube containers, which measure 9’ 6” in height compared with the standard 8’ 6”, could be transported to such a wide area of the country by road only because of low bridges, tunnels and railway stations. The service was initially set up to cater for containers being transported by logistics company P&O Ferrymasters, but it will also carry other customers’ traffic.