Hector Rail provides traction to TX Logistik’s intermodal trains between Sweden and the continent

On Monday November 9 the first train ran with Hector Rail as traction provider to TX Logistik. TX Logistik is very focused on the quality level of its intermodal train services provided to different forwarders. TX Logistik has authorised Hector Rail to be their traction provider for their Scandinavia – Continent services on the stretch between the Swedish terminals and the Danish -- German border in Padborg. The first trains have now been run and TX Logistik and Hector Rail can with satisfaction experience a well working joint set-up. The parties have entered into a three year co-operation agreement. TX Logistik has decided to go for a solution to outsource traction in Scandinavia. Hector Rail was chosen as their supplier for the international traction services between Scandinavia and the continent.…
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Hector Rail’s flexible approach saves spectacular railway historic event

Hector Rail is dedicated and passionate about bringing rail operations to next level, not only once but again and again. Today this futuristic ambition was combined with taking responsibility for the proud historic heritage of rail operations. When the Swedish Railway Museum needed help in an emergency situation during transport of the iconic Swiss crocodile locomotive to Sweden, they turned to Hector Rail for help. Of course Hector Rail was fast and flexible and made it possible for railway enthusiasts in Sweden to see and experience this “dream machine” in Sweden during the coming weekend. This year we are celebrating 100 years of electric rail operations in Sweden. In 1915 the electric operations started on the iron ore line north of the arctic circle. This certainly took transports of the…
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Hector Rail transports bio fuel by rail to Fortum Värme’s new combined heat and power plant

Fortum Värme has signed a five year agreement with Hector Rail for rail transports to their new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Hjorthagen in Stockholm. The trains will be loaded with bio fuel at terminals in central Sweden, southern Norrland and eastern Norway. The trains will be hauled by electric locomotives wherever possible. Hector Rail’s electric locomotives are equipped with the latest technology, enabling conversion of braking energy to electricity which is fed back to the electric grid. To further minimize the environmental impact, the shunting in Värtan will be done with a battery powered engine. This will be charged with renewable energy from Fortum Värme’s new CHP plant. The rail transports will start in conjunction with the start-up of the new plant, early 2016. Hector Rail and…
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Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal extends operations with Hector Rail

Hector Rail and Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal have agreed to extend the business relationship underpinning direct rail services between Sweden and the continent. As of 1st January six round trips per week between Gothenburg in Sweden and Duisburg in the Ruhr area will be added to the existing operation of 11 round trips per week connecting Duisburg and Nässjö/Katrineholm. Both the existing and the new operations are based on the same concept, with through going locomotives connecting Germany and Sweden via the fixed link through Denmark. Starting from January 2008, the co-operation between the companies introduced the first direct train services ever to connect Scandinavia and the continent. Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samskip Multimodal BV, has developed a highly successful concept for door-to-door solutions based…
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New owner makes Hector Rail even stronger

Hector Rail has since its inception in 2004 established itself as a powerful player in the rail market. With a strong customer focus, the business has grown to produce six million train kilometres annually. During the same time Hector Rail has invested over SEK 800 million (approximately EUR 90 million) in the loco fleet consisting of approximately 50 line haul locomotives. EQT Infrastructure II now enters as new majority owner of the company. EQT's ownership strengthens Hector Rail further and lays the foundation for further expansion and growth. Hector Rail operates trains in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. Hector Rail's customers are large industrial and transport companies. For these customers cost-effectiveness and quality are crucial criteria when selecting transportation partners. Financial stability and sustainability are also of fundamental importance. Together…
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Hector Rail buys eight Rc locos from SJ AB

Hector Rail bought all 13 locos which SJ AB sold at an auction last week. Five locos will be resold, implying a net addition of eight locos to Hector Rail’s fleet. The fleet will thereafter total 59 locos. The locos bought are so called Rc3 locos. They were built in the early 1970-ies. The maximum speed is 160 km/h. Hector Rail has systematically expanded its loco fleet since it was founded 10 years ago. The strategy has been to offer its customers the most optimal resource for their traction needs. Hector Rail’s fleet includes powerful six axle locos previously used for iron ore transport, Sweden’s fastest locos designed for speeds of up to 230 km/h and specially equipped locos for seamless international transports between Sweden and Germany through Denmark. Hector…
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Hector Rail buys 42 passenger coaches for 200 km/h

Since 2007 Hector Rail provides traction for passenger trains in Sweden. Hector Rail has in recent years invested in seven locomotives approved for up to 230 km/h. More and more service providers are exploring opportunities in the fully liberalized Swedish rail passenger market. Hector Rail has decided to extend its offering from traction only to whole train sets approved for 200 km/h. Used coaches purchased in Holland can be upgraded according to a service provider’s requirements. Hector Rail will not enter the rail passenger market themselves. The intention is to offer a complete train system to a service provider who is interested in not only creating a cost-effective, but also a fast and comfortable travel market offering. The technical standard and interior can be adapted on the targeted passenger market…
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Stora Enso develops timber transports with Hector Rail

Since 2008 Hector Rail transports timber by rail from Norway to Sweden for Stora Enso. Initially, the volume was approximately 550,000 cubic meters/year. Since then, Stora Enso has expanded Hector Rail's contract on several occasions. Stora Enso and Hector Rail have now agreed to take another big step in the joint development. An additional wagon set and two locomotives enter service. In early May, production will be fully operational at an annual rate of about 1.5 million cubic meters. The assignment is to run logs from several terminals in Norway to the paper mills Skoghall outside Karlstad and Gruvön in Grums. The terminals in Norway are in Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen up to Otta and Tynset. To handle the increasing traffic flows from these forests to the Swedish mills they have…
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Captrain Solutions signs international contract with Hector Rail

Hector Rail will run three intermodal trains per week for Captrain Solutions. The trains will run from Ehrang (German-French border) to Helsingborg. The train originates at the intermodal terminal in Bettembourg (Luxemburg). Between Bettembourg and Ehrang Captrain Solutions has contracted Fret SNCF and Captrain Deutschland. Bettembourg has connections from Spain and other countries. This new service introduces a seamless rail link for intermodal transports between the Spanish Border and Scandinavia operated by VIIA. For this operation Hector Rail uses their Bombardier Traxx F140AC2 cross border locomotives with installed safety systems for Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Hector Rail has 12 locomotives of this kind, which are well proven for traffic between Scandinavia and the Continent. Each train can carry 38 trailers, which corresponds to more than 10,000 trailers per year on…
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Hector Rail signs five year agreement with SCA Transforest

SCA Transforest and Hector Rail have signed a five year agreement for rail transportation from Piteå and Umeå to southern Scandinavia. The new collaboration will result in significantly more efficient and environmentally friendly transportation of the approximately 800,000 tonnes per year to be handled by the system. The operation will commence in January 2013. By using more powerful locomotives and heavier trains, more goods can be transported on each departure. The agreement covers seven full train loads per week in each direction between Umeå and Piteå. Over the year, this is equivalent to approximately 500,000 tonnes of paper, solid-wood products and recovered fibre that will be transported using these unit trains. At present, twice as many departures – 14 a week – take place using smaller trains between Umeå and…
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