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ISSUE 6 2011 Scandinavia page 23: Streamline launches Norway service p.25/ Bigger ship boosts Tschudi p.27

iggyback’-style operation between Spain and the UK has moved a step closer with the authorisation of the

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New wagons roll for Eurotunnel ‘P

Modalohr type wagon for use in the Channel Tunnel. Authorisation of the Modalohr wagons will allow the

planned Autoroute Ferroviaire Atlantique services to run through the Channel Tunnel. Supported by the French rail industry and a number of regional and local governments, the AFA scheme aims to create a network of high-speed ‘rolling motorway’ routes linking the main economic regions of France and neighbouring countries with ports in France. Modalohr wagons, built by LOHR Industries, are already

used on dedicated rail freight corridors across France. Their low level, articulated design allows side loading of trucks at special terminals and they do not have canopies or superstructures of the type until now imposed for Eurotunnel’s Shuttles. A Eurotunnel spokesman described AFA as “a long-term,

economic scale project,” adding: “Like many French projects, once it gets going it’s likely to move fast.” He described the plan to extend the network through the Channel Tunnel and onto London High Speed 1 route as “an ambition” though as

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yet not one with a timetable. However, DB Schenker’s recent operation of a train from Poland on HS1 had proved that freight on the high-speed route was feasible, he said. The piggyback wagons would be of such a height and

width that HS1 would be the only UK rail route that could handle them. This is the first time since the opening of the Tunnel in 1994

that new railway rolling stock has been approved by the Inter- Governmental Commission (IGC). Eurotunnel is already considering a third generation design for its own Folkestone- Calais freight shuttle trains, and a similar design to the new Modalohr wagons is a possible option, the spokesman continued. Eurotunnel has already reduced the weight of its Arbel- built second generation wagons be removing most of the ‘pagoda’ roofs.

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