Direct Rail Services solves rail gauge constraints

Direct Rail Services (DRS), the UK’s leading rail freight operator is delighted to announce the acquisition of a fleet of new IDA Lowliner vehicles to complement the company’s existing extensive fleet. These state of the art pieces of rolling stock will further expand DRS’ capabilities and unlock new routes for customers without the need for costly gauge enhancements.

In addition, these new vehicles have an optimised platform length which will allow up to 20% more volume to be transported within existing train lengths making DRS’ services the most efficient in the market. It will also open up large parts of the rail network to hi-cube container traffic.

Mr Ian Whelpton from WH Davis, the manufacturer of the wagons said, “It has taken a considerable time to bring this radical wagon design to market and we are delighted to receive the first production order from DRS, as it demonstrates confidence in the wagon’s operational abilities following lengthy trial running of the prototype”.

DRS’ continuing drive and campaign for more freight to be moved by rail and to contribute positively to the reduction of carbon emissions will receive a massive boost with this innovative move.

Neil McNicholas, Managing Director from DRS added, “We are delighted to be leading the industry in introducing these new vehicles to the rail freight market place. We are offering a solution that will unlock significant potential in the rail freight sector by offering flexibility and efficiency. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Multimodal 2011 where DRS will officially launch the new wagon.”

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