Said Daniel Nordmann, the head of SBB Cargo, "It was not only the roll-out of ten new freight locomotives, it was the roll-out of a new era of SBB Cargo!".
The reason being that the Class 482 will enable crossborder haulage on the German/Swiss route Köln - Basel - Erstfeld (- Chiasso) without changing locomotive's in Basel.
It will enable SBB Cargo to strengthen its position on the international railway market on this north-south axis.
For this purpose SBB Cargo based, together with its German trade partner HGK (Häfen- und Güterverkehr Köln) joint sister company Swiss Rail Cargo Köln (SRC Köln) at the end of June 2002.
Up to the end of 2002 SRC Köln plan to unveil up to 10 pairs on the "Rhein axis ", i. e. Basel - Köln (eventually Basel - Mannheim/Mannheim - Köln), operated in Open Access regime.
Commenting further, Nordmann said "It will further develop recent excellent co-operation with DB".
As SBB Cargo director Daniel Nordmann unequivocally stated, all efforts would become fruitless at one fell swoop if the 40 t weight limit or the ban on night driving for trucks were to be abolished. «The end of the ban on night driving would be the end of single wagon load services.»
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