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Coal wagons converted for aggregates

DB Cargo UK is working with Axiom Rail and WH Davis to convert 110 HTA coal hoppers into “state-of-the-art” HRA aggregate hopper wagons.
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“This significant investment demonstrates DB Cargo UK’s commitment to the aggregates industry and plans for future growth in the sector,” the rail freight operator said.

During the conversion, one of the coal hopper bays is removed, reducing the length of the wagon by 20% of its original size from 17.757m to 14.347m. Despite the reduction in length, the gross weight that each wagon can carry remains the same at 101.6t. This allows more wagons to be transported per train, increasing the potential payload tonnage of the train by 447t for the same length, based on a 22 HTA wagon set and a 27 HRA wagon set.

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