First 20 of 89 UK built wagons enter service and immediately head to local colliery to work new EDF Energy contract.
Twenty brand new HYA coal hoppers provided by VTG Rail UK to freight operators First GBRf have entered service today, from the Shirebrook works of British wagon builders WH Davis.
Having passed final testing at the manufacturers the wagons have travelled straight to collieries in north Nottinghamshire to transport coal to power stations in Trent Valley for EDF Energy, as First GBRf continues to increase the number of coal services it runs for power generators in Britain.
John Smith, Managing Director at First GBRf said: “It’s great to see the first batch of our new British built coal wagons up and running and immediately starting work on a new flow in the local area. All of the 89 hoppers in this new batch have been allocated to work on additional contracts we have managed to secure with our existing clients as we continue to grow and further enhance our position in the coal market.”
Capable of reaching speeds of up to 75mph the high capacity wagons can carry up to 74.5 tonnes, putting them at the very forefront of coal wagon efficiency.
The wagons, which are part of an 89 vehicle deal, also represent a major milestone for VTG Rail UK, as it is the first time the hire company has provided coal wagons to a UK customer, marking its successful entry into the British coal market.
The remaining 69 units, which have already been allocated to contracts, will be gradually introduced to service on a weekly basis from the end of June.