RailRunner taking off in South Africa

RailRunner N.A. announced on September 20 that its local subsidiary had signed a 20-year agreement with Transnet to put its semi-trailers capable of operating on both road and rail into service on the South African network. RailRunner services between Cape Town and Gauteng are due to begin in 2018.

RailRunner says that its system eliminates the need for expensive cranes and other equipment in a traditional intermodal hub. Its trailers riding on shared bogies can be hauled by a conventional locomotive, and are able to carry standard maritime containers.

According to the manufacturer, the design of the trailer allows between 20% and 40% more payload to be carried for a given length of train. The weight saving compared with a conventional flat wagon lowers energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions.

Transnet and RailRunner South Africa are forming a joint venture to implement the new technology, ‘providing a door-to-door transportation system spanning road and rail’. An RRSA subsidiary trading as RNS has been authorised to provide local network services through Transnet.

According to RailRunner, the value of the contract is US$400m, including service revenue and equipment sales by licensed third parties.

Source and full text here: http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/freight/single-view/view/transnet-to-introduce-railrunner.html

Published by

Stefan Blaas

Stefan Blaas übernimmt die MUTATIO Consult GmbH als Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter Nach erfolgreicher mehrjähriger Zusammenarbeit mit Bernhard Seidenstücker übernimmt Stefan Blaas zum 01. August 2018 die MUTATIO Consult GmbH in Butzbach als Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter und verlegt den Sitz der Gesellschaft nach Augsburg. Dies beinhaltet insbesondere auch die Vertriebsaktivitäten für TOUAX Rail Ltd. in Deutschland.