Case Study

Upgrading UK Rail


Multi-modal transport for heavy industry

Knowing that we have a huge inventory of heavy-lift equipment and transportation at our disposal, our client asked us to plan and execute the end-to-end logistics for fully commissioned, rail ready locomotives – manufactured overseas.

Ironicaly, these locomotives are built in a non-UK rail gauge country. This means they cannot be transported by rail. But with the right gantries, tandem heavy lifts, haulage partners, and our own fleet of flat-top barges – this is not a problem.

  • Co-ordinating the lifts on site, overseas
  • Transporting the locomotives to port
  • Using our cranes to load flat-top barges
  • Handling imports, via our port services
  • Delivering the locomotives on time

Multi-modal transport demands precision planning and scheduling. It also benefits from a team that can handle change, and overcome challenges. Our project team worked closely with partners in Spain and the UK to ensure every aspect of this project ran smoothly.


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James Brewin – General Manager, Osprey

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