United Wagon Company (UWC) has delivered Arkhbum a batch of timber flat cars on 25 tonne-bogies for, under the terms of an additional agreement signed in July 2020.
The model 13-6852-02 (40-foot) flat car has an increased loading capacity of 74 tonnes and an increased loading volume of 122 m2. This allows transport cost reduction per tonne of freight taking into account the current tariffs.
The design solutions used for the construction of the flat car offer a number of advantages. The special design of the base of the side stakes significantly reduces ‘idle’ freight volumes, while the holes on the end wall allow for easy visual inspection and fastening of the end shields.
The flat car is equipped with model 18-9855 bogies with an axle load of 25 tonnes which significantly improves the operational reliability. The maintenance interval of the car has been increased up to 1 million km or eight years, and the flat car’s service life is 40 years.
This is the third delivery of new generation cars the operator has received since the beginning of the year. In February, the operator and UWC signed a contract for the supply of 25 timber flat cars.
“We are looking to increase the number of new generation cars in our fleet as part of the company’s development strategy, as these cars have demonstrated high performance. I can already say from my own experience that the Tikhvin-produced flat cars not only meet our requirements, but also provide a genuine competitive advantage on the market,” Vasily Knyrevich, CEO of Arkhbum said.
Arkhbum is a major regional freight operator on Russian railway services market and has a fleet of Tikhvin-produced cars of 319 rolling stock units. The company is a subsidiary of Arkhangelsk PPM, one of the leading timber and chemical companies in Russia and Eastern Europe. The company has a fleet of 2,364 freight cars, 8 diesel locomotives and owns a and repair and maintenance service.