UWC will supply a total of 548 new generation timber carrying cars to six different customers by the end of Q1 2018
The freight cars will be built by the UWC’s manufacturing subsidiary, TikhvinSpetsMash. The supply contracts are as follows:
The platforms were designed by specialists of the All-Union Research and Development Centre for Transportation Technology (part of United Wagon Company). Payload capacity has been increased to 74 tons and body space to 122 m3, enabling carriage of up to 10 more cargo cubes compared with older freight cars.
Tariff rules for transportation using specialised platforms and technical features of the platform (their length is within the statutory limit of 14.6m) reduce the average cost of transporting 1 ton of cargo in direct proportion to the growth of cargo capacity, says UWC.
The end wall of the platform body is made from a single piece of steel sheet with a horizontal beam for external reinforcement. This protects the cargo from deformation and stops it protruding beyond the wall. Apertures in the skin of the end wall enable rapid inspection of the cargo at customs control points. The side wall rack is designed to reduce ‘parasitic’ cargo volume and maximise loading of the freight car.
The floor of the new freight car is designed for ease of cleaning, prevents cargo residues falling onto the track and has drainage holes to prevent build-up of moisture. The rack construction enables transport of packaged cargoes. Bogies have axle load of 25 tons, which offers maintenance savings throughout the 40-year service life of the freight car (the operating period up to the first scheduled depot servicing of a new generation car is eight years or 800,000 km, compared with three years or 210,000 km for older models).
Overall, says UWC, the technical and economic advantages offered by the new platforms from TikhvinSpetsMash enable owners to reduce fleet size and increase turnover, significantly reducing transport and maintenance costs.