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Russia’s STLC gears up its rail car lease fleet

Russia’s United Wagon Company (UWC) is to supply the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC) with 25,000 new rail wagons.

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UWC will deliver 20,000 gondola cars with unloading hatches by the end of 2022, and 5,000 hopper cars for transporting grain and grain mill products by the end of 2020.


“The freight cars are equipped with a bogie with a 25t axle load and have improved technical and economic performance compared to that of standard models mounted on 23.5t axle load bogies,” said UWC.


“The economic efficiency for rail car and infrastructure owners derived from operating rolling stock with a large loading capacity and can be seen in the savings on operating costs and the income from transporting additional volumes of freight.


“For example, the overhaul mileage of freight cars manufactured at UWC’s Tikhvin plants is up to 1M km (or eight years), three times as long as that of freight cars of previous generations. Guaranteed inspection-free mileage stands at 6,000 km, compared with 2,300 km for standard models.”


UWC pointed to an assessment of effects of operating innovative cars for the railway transport market in Russia by INFOLine, saying that the cumulative benefit to Russia’s GDP from operating rolling stock with an increased loading capacity exceeded RUB130B between 2013 to 2018, and the total additional export volume of coal transported in heavy freight trains alone amounted to 29 Mt for the five-year period.


STLC earlier announced its intention to launch a programme for the rental and operating lease of new generation cars, including gondola cars, hopper cars, box cars, and container flat cars. STLC said it will offer comfortable and mutually beneficial lease terms to each lessee, with its rail cars handed over to customers on financial leases for a term of up to 15 years and operating leases for one year or longer.


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