Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W)
About G&W UK / Europe Region Companies
G&W’s UK / Europe Region companies include Freightliner; the UK’s largest rail maritime intermodal operator and second-largest freight rail provider, and Pentalver, a leading UK container logistics services provider.
G&W UK / Europe Region companies Timeline
Deliver Rail, Road, Terminals business model2018
We adopt a customer-centric business model focusing on our three core business platforms of Rail, Road, Terminals, increasing efficiency and improving capabilities.
Pentalver acquired by G&W2017
G&W acquires Pentalver and begins rebranding in-line with G&W’s corporate identity. The acquisition enables G&W to market a strong Rail, Road and Terminal services offering in the UK.
London Gateway Grand Opening2015
Pentalver’s expanded terminal at DP World, London Gateway, officially opens, providing 40% additional capacity.
Freightliner acquired by G&W2015
G&W acquires Freightliner, enabling their expansion into the European market. Freightliner Australia is renamed G&W Australia and adopts the branding in-line with G&W’s corporate identity.
Freightliner Germany commences service2012
Building on Freightliner’s success in Poland, Freightliner DE begins operations. Initially transporting containers by rail, the company later offers bulk freight transportation by rail.
Private equity firm Arcapita takes ownership of Freightliner Group Limited and all subsidiaries.
Reefer Engineering team established2008
Pentalver’s nationwide team of Reefer Engineers are recruited, allowing us to offer new, used and bespoke reefer containers.
Freightliner Poland commences service2007
As the first freight train company in Poland, Freightliner PL starts operations with brand new rolling stock. Going from strength to strength, the company continues to expand its service offering.
Pentalver opens 6.5 hectare transport and container storage terminal in Cannock which soon begins offering container sales and conversions too.
Freightliner’s Maintenance Team established2006
Freightliner’s engineering division is launched, bringing a fresh approach to the repair and maintenance of our traction, rolling stock and infrastructure. Offering a nationwide service, and utilising our knowledge and experience in the industry allows us to meet the needs of our customers.
Bowmur Haulage acquired, based in Cannock. Later renamed Pentalver Cannock.
Coal trains rocketJanuary, 2003
After only 25 months of operating coal trains, Freightliner is responsible for almost 25% of UK coal movement. This figure rises over the years even as bulk freight services expand to cover a larger range of commodities.
Container sales expand2002
The container sales division starts to sell new containers as the market begins to recognise the versatility of our products.
Containers for sale2000
The vast array of container sales and conversions options starts as just a few used containers for sale.
Freightliner moves bulk freight1999
Freightliner Heavy Haul is established and begins moving bulk freight by rail and operates as a separate entity from the rest of the Freightliner Group for over a decade.
Freightliner is privatised1996
Freightliner was privatised through a management buyout and became part of the operating company Freightliner Limited, which later loses the ‘Ltd’ from branding.
Pentalver is acquired by AP-Moller Maersk Group.
Pentalver is established as a family-run business and the first site opens in Southampton.
Millionth container transportedJanuary, 1972
Rapid growth in network terminals in major UK cities and ports, and continual business development, cumulated in the millionth container being transported by Freightliner.
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.
Our Executive Team have over 200 years of experience between them in the rail and logistics industry.
Gary LongChief Executive Officer G&W UK/Europe Region
Patrick TaylorChief Financial Officer G&W UK/Europe Region
Glynis AppelbeHR Director G&W UK/Europe Region
Stephen Evans-HoweSafety Development Director G&W UK/Europe Region
Tim ShakerleyEuropean Engineering & Operations Services Director G&W UK/Europe Region
Neil McNicholasManaging Director – UK Rail G&W UK/Europe Region
Shaun AllenManaging Director – Road Services G&W UK/Europe Region
Chris LawrensonManaging Director – Terminal Services G&W UK/Europe Region
Geraint HarriesGeneral Counsel G&W UK/Europe Region
Class 66 LocomotiveDescription: 3300hp mainline diesel electric locomotive introduced in 1998Fleet: 119Weight (Tons): 127Fuel Capacity (Gallons): 1496Maximum Speed (MPH): 75mph
Class 70 LocomotiveDescription: 3700hp mainline diesel electric locomotive introduced in 2009Fleet: 19Weight (Tons): 129Maximum Speed (MPH): 75mph
HXADescription: Coal HopperFleet: 65Tare Weight (Tonnes): 27 tonnesCarrying Capacity (Tonnes): 74.5 tonnesLength over buffers: 19.1 metres
MWA Open Box WagonDescription: 101.6t GLW high capacity open box wagons built using recycled materials from disused coal hoppersFleet: 140Tare Weight: 23.8 tonnesCarrying capacity: 77.8 tonnesHeight: 3.3 mLoading Gauge: W6aMinimum Curve: 70 mSpeed: 60 mph laden, 75 mph tare
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MAN TGXDescription: 460bhp MAN TGXEmission Class: Euro 6Permissible total Weight: 44,000kgsMaximum Speed (MPH): 56 mph
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DAF CFDescription: 483 bhp DAF CF FTGEmission Class: Euro 6Permissible total Weight: 44,000kgsMaximum Speed (MPH): 56 mph
4 Axle Single Extender Semi Low Loader
Trailer uses20’, 30’ 40’ or 45’ containers (flat racks / open tops) attached with twistlocksWheeled / tracked equipment (using 2.5m clip on ramps to rear of trailer and hop up ramps to neck – also over width outrigger boards available.Static / Break / bulk cargo whether in gauge or out of gauge.
Double Extending Semi Low Loader
Trailer usesWheeled / tracked equipment (using flip toe ramps to rear of trailer and hop up ramps to neck – also over width outrigger boards available.Static / Break / bulk cargo whether in gauge or out of gauge.Payload: Suitable for STGO operations – dependant on tractor unit used.