TruckTrain will:

  • Exploit the existing rail infrastructure and operate easily in areas orthodox trains cannot penetrate and exploit rail’s inherent energy efficiency
  • Make rail a reliable, secure , cost effective, efficient and attractive option for the movement of high value, time sensitive cargo and consumer goods either in containers or swap bodies or as palletised cargo in the logistics variant as part of sophisticated JIT supply chains
  • Deliver and collect freight within very close proximity of the cargo end user or shipper’s premises
  • Be able to operate intensively (24/7) in a wide range of service applications.

Cost Effective

TruckTrain® is designed to be cost effective in complex and demanding logistic chains (where rail is currently underrepresented ) and to be competitive, attractive to a wider range of asset owners, operators and cargo interests, unfailingly reliable , secure, flexible in applications and environmentally superior to road based competition.

It incorporates existing certificated rail technologies as well as relevant innovative materials, technology, systems and engineering from other transport domains. These are designed to support the intensive and ambitious commercial and operational deployment targets of the trains in service and to wholly outperform road based competition on merit.

What is TruckTrain?


About TruckTrain

TruckTrains® are short, fast, bi-directional self-propelled fixed freight train formations able to operate at passenger train speeds. Train sets are able to work in multiple in response to operational and commercial imperatives. Each vehicle is powered and all axles are powered to deliver the acceleration and braking required to achieve and sustain this demanding level of performance. The initial configuration will use diesel electric power to ensure freedom of operation over the national network. A hybrid design able to operate on electrified lines has also been developed together with an all-electric variant capable of extremely high speed performance.

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