Port of Sunderland welcomed record-breaking 585-metre freight train

Port of Sunderland welcomed record-breaking 585-metre freight train
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The colossal DB Cargo UK train rolled into the port's multimodal site carrying nearly 2,000 tonnes of valuable alloy metals.


The Port of Sunderland welcomed a recorded delivery of alloy metals on a 585m DB Cargo UK freight train in September. This is the longest train to pass through the port in its three-hundred-year history.

The arrival of 36 rail wagons loaded with approximately 2,000 tonnes of alloy metals marked a significant achievement for the port. The port's multimodal site is increasingly being used to move goods, providing a vital link between regional industry and the national rail network.

This achievement is the result of a collaborative effort between the Port of Sunderland, Network Rail, and DB Cargo UK. Since Network Rail restored the operational infrastructure linking the port to the national rail network in 2014, rail freight volumes have steadily increased.

“The breaking of this record is a huge achievement and aligns well with Network Rail’s ambitions to greatly reduce carbon emissions and support the UK Government’s net zero target of 2050,” commented Kevin Newman, senior route freight manager at Network Rail.

“There is a growing demand for freight companies to run longer and heavier trains as it makes clear economic and environmental sense,” said Roger Neary, chief sales officer at DB Cargo UK.

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