United Wagon Company (UWC), Russia’s largest manufacturer of freight cars, has shipped 100 box cars to Kuchukterminal LLC.
With the latest delivery taken into account, Kuchukterminal, a member LTB, an international logistic group of companies, now operates a total 220 box cars mounted on 25t axle load bogies.
The rolling stock was manufactured at the facility of TikhvinSpetsMash in Tikhvin. Cooperation of the companies began in 2017.
The 11-6874 box car is designed for the transport of a wide range of unit and bulk cargoes, and is distinguished by an increased capacity of 73t and an additional 175 m3 in volume. These characteristics make it possible to increase the car load by more than 7% or 5t of cargo.
UWC highlighted its use ergonomic solutions that enhance its convenience of operation. These include checker floor plates facilitating better traction of the loader’s wheels in the course of cargo handling operations, and lash slings to simplify cargo securing inside the car.
The rail car’s inner side walls are fit for installation of non-detachable equipment, as well as a non-detachable device to facilitate opening the doors.
“Dimensions of the doorway enable cargo loading and unloading with all existing types of forklift trucks,” said UWC. “A reliable door locking mechanism ensures the cargo safety. The rail car has various design options such as those with upper and lateral loading hatches that contribute to a quicker and simpler loading of bulk cargoes.
“The box car is equipped with 18-9855 bogies with 25t axle load, which provides extra advantages in the market, in particular, because it extends the maintenance interval up to 1M km (or eight years). The service life of the rail car is 32 years.”
Dmitry Bychkov, head of box car division at Kuchukterminal, said: “Our company is developing rapidly. We have been putting consistent effort into increasing our cargo fleet, in which box cars, including new generation cars manufactured in Tikhvin, represent a significant share.
“Cooperation between our companies has been growing for some years now, and our experience of operation of UWC’s rail cars has shown how they are more efficient and reliable than similar models available in the market. I am sure that the expansion of our fleet of new generation cars will further raise the level of our services rendered by us both in Russia and the near abroad.”
According to “expert estimates” cited by UWC, the box car transport market has been stable over the past few years. “The demand for new rail cars in this segment will be stimulated by decommissioning,” it said. “By 2022, more than 5,000 units will be removed from service, which accounts for 8% of the existing box car fleet.”