From the 1st January SNCF has re-organised its various rail freight and freight logistics activities together to become Rail Logistics Europe.
The new organisation consists of five distinct brands: Fret SNCF, Captrain, VIIA, Naviland Cargo and Forwardis. Their main activities are:
SNCF Fret - Able to convey both large and small wagonload consignments across France including specialist cargoes. A member of the XRail Alliance, which allows transfer to other operators throughout Europe.
Captrain. Formerly SNCF's non domestic freight operator with operations in Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland, Netherlands and Poland. Since 1st January VFLI has become Captrain France and able to offer europe wide services through the Captrain network. In addition it will continue to offer traction for railways work trains, as well as railway infrastructure engineering and maintenance operations.
VIIA is a combined transport operator specialising in “rolling motorways”, carrying standard semi-trailers on trains without the drivers presence. The government has promised the introduction of new long-distance services to attract HGVs as part of their environmental plans
Naviland Cargo, is an operator as well as a freight forwarder specialising in maritime containers, swap bodies and tanks offering rail and road and waterway transport modes to form a single logistic chain.
Forwardis, is a freight forwarder, described as an “architect” of logistic solutions offering rail, waterway or multimodal solutions from China to spain using a range of different operators.
Rail Logistics Europe takes advantage of the synergies between these five companies to offer a range of personalized services throughout Europe around four businesses: railway operator, combined transport, rail highways and rail transport consolidator. Setting aside all of the "corporate speak" one of the more visible signs of the changes is likely to be the former VFLI red and blue locomotives appearing in Captrain's lime green livery. Above a pair of VFLI Vossloh G1206s prepare to leave St Sulpice-Lauriere with an engineers train in September 2019.