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2015

Genesee & Wyoming take ownership of Freightliner Group Limited and all subsidiaries

2013

Freightliner acquires ERS Railways

2009

Freightliner launch the PowerHaul locomotive

2009

Freightliner Australia commences service

2008

Arcapita take ownership of Freightliner Group Limited and all subsidiaries.

2007

Freightliner Poland commences service.

2006

Freightliner Maintenance established at Midland Road, Leeds.

2005

Freightliner’s 100th locomotive arrives.

2004

Freightliner launches Logico.

2003

After only 25 months of operating coal trains, Heavy Haul is responsible for almost 25% of UK coal movement.

2001

Freightliner signs historic ten-year contract with OOCL; the longest contract between a global transportation and logistics provider in history.

2001

Freightliner Heavy Haul operates its first revenue earning coal train.

2001

Freightliner announces the signing of a five-year track access agreement.

1999

Freightliner Heavy Haul was established.

1999

Freightliner accepts its first Class 66 loco from General Motors.

1996

Freightliner was privatised through a management buyout and became part of the operating company Freightliner Limited, which is now the intermodal business.

1995

Freightliner celebrates its first 30 years.

1988

Freightliner was incorporated into Railfreight Distribution.

1976

Freightliner was transferred to the British Rail Board from NFC by the 1976 Transport Act.

1972

Rapid growth in network terminals in major UK cities and ports and continual business development cumulated in the millionth container being transported.

1968

Freightliner Limited became a stand alone company as part of the 1968 Transport Act with a 51% shareholding vested in the National Freight Corporation.

1965

Our first train ran from London to Scotland launching Freightliner as a contender in the intermodal haulage market, as an operating company of British Rail.