Hector Rail direct rail service over Öresund Bridge has started

Hector Rail’s service for Van Dieren Maritime between Norrköping in Sweden and Herne in the Ruhr district has started as planned. The first train left on 4 January and five trains now depart weekly in both directions. With an average speed of about 70 km/h, the market is offered a very competitive and climate adapted product. Hector Rail signed an agreement with Van Dieren Maritime at the end of January 2007. The agreement entails the Dutch logistics firm, which has grown rapidly in the Scandinavia – Continental market, entrusting Hector Rail with establishing a direct rail service between Sweden and Germany. Collaboration was intensified during the autumn of 2007 with an additional agreement on a service between Västerås and the Continent, with service beginning in September 2008. Based on the…
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Hector Rail signs new agreement with Van Dieren

Hector Rail and Van Dieren Maritime have signed a new agreement. The original agreement covered non-stop daily runs between Norrköping and the Ruhr from the turn of the year. The new agreement includes runs between Västerås and the Ruhr. The service is planned to start in September 2008, initially two runs a week in each direction. This agreement is also 5-year. For the customers it will provide a new high quality rapid connection. Van Dieren Maritime is rapidly expanding on the Scandinavia – Continent market. The combination of own non-stop trains and flexible car distribution has proven to be very successful. Quality, climate adaptation and cost-effectiveness (by avoiding the German HDV tax “Mauten”) are the success factors. Hector Rails’ trains run from Sweden to Germany using the same locomotive all…
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Hector Rail tests its new loco in Denmark

Hector Rail’s rail operation in Denmark is now underway with the ordering of ten locomotives from Bombardier Transportation to carry through trains from Sweden to Germany via Denmark. The first locomotive has just completed tests in Denmark. The tests were conducted with Hector Rail as operator. Hector Rail is the only rail operator approved in the three Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark and work is underway to get approval in Germany. With these test runs, Hector Rail is taking an historical step in Swedish railway history. It is the first time that a Swedish electric locomotive has rolled on Danish rails. The tests, which are now completed, were conducted to determine the locomotive’s compatibility with the Danish signal and electrical systems. The locomotive has now left Denmark for…
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Hector Rail strengthen its organisation

Hector Rail has strengthened its organisation. This has been necessary to meet demands from current and new customers for increasing business volumes. Jonas Swartling has started as Commercial Manager within Hector Rail. Jonas has previously worked as Key Account Manager for the automotive industry within Green Cargo. You can contact Jonas at jonas.swartling@hectorrail.com. Lennart von der Burg has started as Rolling Stock Manager. Lennart’s previous position was within Bombardier Transportation as Project Manager. You can contact Lennart at Lennart.von_der_burg@hectorrail.com . Both Lennart and Jonas are members of Hector Rail’s management team. Other members are Mats Nyblom, Managing Director; Thomas Persson, CFO; Leif Gustafsson, Operations and Safety Manager and Hans-Åke Gustavsson, Product Development Manager. Replacement for Sune Hector On September 1, Ulf Boogh will start working for Hector Rail as senior…
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Stora Enso and Hector Rail in new railway cooperation

Stora Enso Wood Supply Sweden and Hector Rail AB have signed a five-year contract valid from January 2008. The agreement includes wood transport from Norway to mills in Värmland, Sweden. Stora Enso procures an important share of its wood raw material for the Swedish mills on the Norwegian wood market. The railway system is a vital part of the operations. Wood procured in Norway is transported from several wood terminals (for example Tynset, Koppang, Otta, Lillehammer, Sørli, Elverum and Kongsvinger), and is delivered mainly to the Stora Enso Skoghall mill and the Billerud mill in Gruvön. The new railway system will have the capacity to transport at least 600 000 cubic metres of wood per year. The trains will be run by modern and efficient electric and diesel-powered locomotives. The…
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Hector Rail buys three locomotives from Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)

Hector Rail is buying three locomotives from Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The locomotives have a capacity of 6,400 kW, almost twice as much as Rc, the Swedish standard locomotive. They are designed for speeds of up to 230 km/h, faster than any locomotive currently used in Sweden. The locomotives are approximately ten years old. As asynchronous locomotives, they are based on the same technology as those that are presently being built. The first locomotive will be delivered by this summer. The investment strengthens Hector Rail's existing fleet of 17 locomotives, all but one of which are in service. Although the original idea was for the locomotives to serve as ÖBB's standard, they turned out to be too expensive compared with what suppliers could subsequently offer. ÖBB decided to order more…
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Hector Rail and Van Dieren Maritime sign five-year agreement

Hector Rail and Van Dieren Maritime have signed a five-year traction agreement between Sweden and the continent. The agreement specifies that Hector Rail locomotives provide traction for intermodal trains between Norrköping and the Ruhr Area. For the first time in history, the trains will use the same locomotive the entire way rather than switching at the borders. Hector Rail's order of new multisystem locomotives from Bombardier Transportation has made that breakthrough possible. Meanwhile, customers will enjoy more rapid delivery and improved quality. Because service start in January 2008, the locomotives will be acquired on an accelerated basis. As part of the agreement, Hector Rail will also offer wagons for transporting trailers and containers. Van Dieren Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samskip (an Icelandic logistic company), has developed a highly…
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Hector Rail purchases ten locos for the corridor Scandinavia — Germany

Hector Rail has signed an agreement with Bombardier Transportation to purchase ten of its TRAXX F140AC locomotives, to be delivered in 2008 and 2009. The agreement includes options for Hector Rail to purchase up to ten additional locomotives. The locomotives will be furnished with signalling systems for service in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The equipment enables a freight train to leave a station in Sweden and operate directly to a destination in Germany by means of bridges over Öresund and Store Bælt. The result will be lower costs, faster service and improved punctuality for rail transport between Sweden and the continent. Like all contemporary electric locomotives, the TRAXX F140 AC has electric brakes that generate power that can be re-fed into the railway's system and used by its other vehicles.…
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Hector Rail provides traction to Passenger Night trains

Passenger night trains will be deregulated in Sweden from January 2007. Veolia Transport (previous Connex) already operates night trains to Luleå and Narvik. However this traffic is financed by public subsidies. Now Veolia puts up a night train as a business on its own competing with SJ AB. The Veolia train will operate five weeks during the winter sport season from Gothenburg and Stockholm to the Ski resorts in Jämtland (Åre, Duved and Storlien). Hector Rail will provide traction to these trains. The trains will be hauled by Hector Rail 142 locomotives, with a maximum speed of 150 km/h. The locomotives have electric brakes which will reduce noise compared to standard Swedish Rc locomotives.
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New diesel loco to Hector Rail

Hector Rail has signed a purchase contract with Vossloh Locomotives for one of their class G2000-5 BB locomotives. The loco has an installed power of 2700 kW (apr. 3500 hp). This is more than twice the installed power of the Swedish standard diesel loco T44 with 1235 kW. From beginning of 2007 the loco will operate on the non electrified line Hoting – Forsmo in mid Sweden hauling timber trains for the Swedish forest company SCA. This will be a major benefit for the environment, since the new loco has considerably reduced emissions and noise compared to today’s locomotives on the line. The locomotive fulfils the exhaust emissions demands according to UIC 624 level II, which currently are the most demanding requirements for locomotives. According to the current plans the…
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