Hitherto, the Dutch Government has given private rail operators little opportunity to break the monopoly of the state-owned Netherlands Railways (NS), especially in the passenger traffic sector. This situation could change as soon as freight operators attempt to introduce the types of international services which NS has not considered practicable in the past. Short Lines is one of the companies planning to provide extensive new services during the next few years. It is a relatively small but expanding private rail freight operator, based in Rotterdam. It plans to invest in further shuttle trains, hauled by new General Electric class 66 locomotives, and a fleet of up to about ?? CargoSprinter Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) self-propelled intermodal trains, developed originally by Windhoff and German Rail (DB). It hopes to operate international freight trains from mid-2000. Much will depend on whether other European governments and railways will allow their easy operation across borders. It wants to create innovative types of service alternative to those already offered by traditional operators. It believes that CargoSprinter technology offers the opportunity to provide a very good logistics solution. It believes that there should be a European regulator who will ensure that monopolies do not continue to dominate in Europe.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
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  • Publication Date: 2000-2


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 18,21
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  • Accession Number: 00790332
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM