GB Railfreight

GB Railfreight - abbreviated GBRf - is a British railway company that offers freight. Founded in 1999, is part of Groupe Euro Tunnel SA

Company GB Railfreight Ltd

The company GB Railfreight Ltd was founded in 1999 by the then GB Railways Group Plc as operator of rail freight transport. GB Railways Group, which also includes the railway companies Anglia Railways and Hull Trains belonged to at the time, so that was the first company to offer since the privatization of British Rail both rail passenger and freight transport.

GB Railfreight took in April 2000 on the business and began building up of corporate structures. Admission as a railway company, the Company received on 18 July 2000. The planned railway could start on 31 March 2001. With the acquisition of GB Railways Group by FirstGroup moving in 2003 also the owner of GB Railfreight. While the membership of the First Group, the company changed its name to First GBRf.

June 1, 2010 GB Railfreight was sold for 26.3 million pounds sterling to the Euro Tunnel subsidiary Euro Porte.

Transport services

GB Railfreight in 2003 had a market share of about 2% on the UK rail freight market, which until 2005 was approximately doubled.

Transports for Railtrack / Network Rail and Metronet

Already in April 2000, GB Railfreight was able to close to construction sites in the rail network with Railtrack, the former operator of British public railway infrastructure, one from April 2001 over eight years valid contract for the transportation of construction materials (especially stone). This Agreement shall continue even after the meantime of the restructuring of Railtrack to Network Rail. The transports were handled initially mainly in the east of England (East Anglia, East Midlands). July 4, 2001, the contract was extended to encompass since then transports in the regions of Yorkshire and the Humber, North East England and Greater London one. In early 2004 the transport capacity was again, in this case, increased by about 30%.

Also the construction of Section 1 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link GB Railfreight was involved by the company hired vehicles and personnel for the electrification work.

In October 2005, joined GB Railfreight and Metronet, the company responsible for the maintenance of part of the London Underground Company, a transportation contract from. Within this framework, GB Railfreight and will handle various construction sites in the network of the London Underground over a period of ten years, to transport materials between a central storage area in Wellingborough ( Northamptonshire ).


In February 2002, GB Railfreight began with the settlement of a major contract for the transport company Medite Shipping, Ipswich. Over a period of five years, GB Railfreight promoted since containers between the Port of Felixstowe in East Anglia and the towns of Doncaster and Selby in Yorkshire. A second connection was established on 24 April 2002 between Felixstowe and Hams Hall near Birmingham. Both compounds were initially offered three or twice a week, from September 2002 five times each week. Since 16 January 2006 the five GB Railfreight container trains per week are offered between Felixstowe and Doncaster that are open to all shippers.

In October 2003, GB Railfreight took on more container shipments between Felixstowe and Hams Hall. In contrast to the transports for Medite Shipping these trains are want to convey to any interested company that containers and swap bodies on this relation, open with no long -term contract.

Also in autumn 2003 GB Railfreight could sign a contract with the supermarket chain ASDA, which includes the transport of containers between Felixstowe and Daventry ( in the East Midlands ).

Since autumn 2004 GB Railfreight offers twice a week to a train service between the Midlands and the Thames Port Container Port in Kent.


In September 2002, GB Railfreight wound up an order for the one-time transportation of 20,000 tons of imported gypsum from Hull to Cumbria for British Gypsum. As a result of GB Railfreight won a major order from British Gypsum. Since March 2003, the company transported gypsum, which is produced in the flue gas desulfurization of power plant " West Burton " in Nottingham, in unit trains to various destinations in England. In September 2003, corresponding transports were taken starting from Drax power station near Selby. In addition promoted GB Railfreight landed in the port of Southampton import gypsum.


The British Post Office, Royal Mail, GB Railfreight, in autumn 2004 on the sample over a period of four months with the conveyance of letter and parcel post between Willesden (London) and Shieldmuir near Glasgow. Royal Mail had the regular rail transport, was commissioned to last the English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS ), abandoned in early 2004. The sample transport was conducted from 29 November to 22 December 2004 of 10 January 2005 by March 2005.

On 19 May 2005, signed Royal Mail and GB Railfreight then a contract, initially promoted in the framework of GB Railfreight to March 2006 Post in two weekday trains running pairs of trains between Willesden and Shieldmuir post. The term was extended for another year. The contract may be renewed by mutual agreement for one year. The vehicles used, electric railcars of class 325 are provided by Royal Mail.


A dominated by GB Railfreight niche on the UK rail freight market is the conversion of vehicles, such as the manufacturer and the owner or operator of parking spaces for scrapping. Among the largest customers of GB Railfreight this counts the leasing company Angel Trains.


GB Railfreight currently has 80 locomotives. The largest share make it 48 in several model series factory of General Motors EMD procured large diesel locomotives JT42CWR ( "class 66").

447 kW ( diesel )