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September 30, 2014

Swedish Transport Administration and APM Terminals conduct train trial run at Gothenburg port

The Swedish Transport Administration and APM Terminals have started the trial run on the Western Main Line with a 730m-long freight train at the Port of Gothenburg.

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The Swedish Transport Administration and APM Terminals have started the trial run on the Western Main Line with a 730m-long freight train at the Port of Gothenburg.

The first trial was performed from Örebro to the container terminal at the Port of Gothenburg.

The terminal is expected to receive 730m-long trains on a daily basis by the end of this year.

APM Terminals CEO Keld Pedersen said: "Operating long trains enhances the competitiveness of rail transport. It allows rail operators to increase load capacity by at least 15%.

"Yesterday’s trial was a preview of how things will work once we are fully geared up to receive the longest trains in Sweden here at the terminal."

"Being able to use a 730m, fully loaded train is incredibly efficient. We can carry an extra 16 containers on each train compared with the 630m version."

This project comes under the SEK800m ($110m) investment plan of APM Terminals and it also includes the addition of a sixth track and two new rail cranes within the terminal.

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This new development aims to increase the capacity of the multi-track loading and unloading facility in the terminal by up to 50% by the end of this year.

TMRail was assigned to operate the trial run and the maximum speed was 100kmph during the trial.

TMRail sales manager Tommy Jonsson said: "Being able to use a 730m, fully loaded train is incredibly efficient. We can carry an extra 16 containers on each train compared with the 630m version.

"By increasing the volume on each train we can provide our customers with better and more rapid service."


Image: APM Terminal is ready to receive 730m-long trains by the end of this year. Photo: courtesy of Port of Gothenburg.

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