Russia’s United Wagon Company (UWC) has released the 100,000th rail freight car produced since it launched its Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant in January 2012.
The milestone gondola car will be delivered to the State Transport Leasing Company as part of a contract to supply 20,000 gondola cars by the end of 2022.
The size of the fleet of new-generation UWC rail cars in operation on the 1520mm gauge railway now stands at 150,000 – around 15% of the total fleet on Russian Railways’ network – 65% of which was produced at the Tikhvin plant.
Following the launch of the Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant, where the new-generation all-purpose rolling stock is produced, the TikhvinChemMash enterprise was commissioned in 2015 for the production of tank cars. In 2016, the first batch of specialised cars came off the production line at TikhvinSpetsMash. A car repair enterprise is also in operation at the Titran-Express Tihvin Assembly Plant, while the Timken UWC joint enterprise is home to a batch production operation for cassette bearings.
UWC claims to be the largest manufacturer of freight cars in Russia and the CIS. “The group’s products are in demand both on the domestic market and abroad, successfully competing with modern rolling stock models produced by global manufacturers,” the firm stated. “UWC supplies cars and accompanying components to North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
“Since the mass production of Tikhvin cars began, the cars’ increased load capacity has contributed to an extra 22 Mt of freight of different types being transported across the Russian rail network – over 18 Mt of coal, 2 Mt of grain and mineral fertilisers, and 1 Mt of metallurgical products and construction freight.”