It’s 10 years since Fastline Freight pulled out of intermodal operations, quickly followed by the loss of its coal business and other rail-led interests. But this short-lived company can still offer some exciting modelling possibilities, as TIM SHACKLETON discovers in his 10-point survey.

THE BRAND NAME Fastline came into existence following a 1996 management buy-out of a slice of British Rail’s track renewals operation, serving mostly the former Eastern Region. After privatisation the small company was acquired by Jarvis plc which provided engineering support services to Railtrack and, from 2002, Network Rail. In the early 2000s it began looking to expand its portfolio and become a low-cost freight operator in its own right. Intermodal services under the Fastline banner began in 2006 and in 2008 the company began hauling coal for energy giant E.ON.


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