Modern manufacturing techniques and logistics require reliable, time sensitive delivery of lower density and higher value goods. This presents a market opportunity for rail freight to grow, partly due to increasing congestion on roads, and mainly due to the need for reliable and environment friendly transport of goods. At the same time, to meet customer requirements, rail freight has to rise to the challenge of needing to be reliable and available, as well as complying with other market demands. Depending on the market segment these may be faster transport time, specialised goods systems, tracking and tracing, greater flexibility, lower prices or premium services.  Furthermore in congested situations rail freight may have a competitive advantage compared to other modes of traffic.Objectives:The SPECTRUM project is a medium scale collaborative project funded by the European commission. The objectives of the project are to work towards defining railfreight services that consist of: