The Arctic Rail Express (ARE) delivers efficient transport between Oslo and Narvik in northern Norway. It is Europe’s longest direct train transport with its 1950 kilometres on a one-way trip. CargoNet is a frequent user of the railroad and their concept is based on a train commute with fruit, vegetables, fish and other goods going between Oslo and Narvik.
Every 24 hours, 3 trains go in each direction and about 500 wagons are used, leading to an annually transport of 0,4 million tonnes of goods. The challenges for CargoNet is to:
Working with Predge, the objectives for CargoNet were to increase the reliability/availability and reduce costs by:
With the services from Predge, CargoNet saw a reduced number of stops in track by 90%, from around 40 to 4 in one winter period. Before the next trip, wagons could preventively shunted and improvements were found in: