Belarusian Railway (BZD) and Research and Production Corporation “United Wagon Company” (UWC) announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership to service freight cars equipped with innovative Barber bogies in Belarus.
As part of this partnership, service facilities for freight cars with improved technical and economic characteristics equipped with Barber bogies have been established at all of BZD’s wagon depots, where BZD has agreed to provide maintenance services. Also, a warehouse for storing Barber bogie components has been set up at Saturn-1’s production facilities in Zhitkovichi, the Gomel region, to ensure that components can be quickly delivered to the repair site in Belarus.
In 2013, freight cars equipped with Barber bogies received permission to run interstate services. There is currently an extensive rolling stock servicing network, with more than 40 centers located across Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
Alexander Archipenko, Head of Belarusian Railway’s Railcar Operating Department, commented: “Our fleet of innovative rolling stock is growing steadily and we hope that our joint efforts will help to accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions for the railway network.”
Dmitry Losev, Deputy CEO for Technological Development at UWC, added: “Enhancing the service network for new generation freight cars with our partners BZD is an important step towards further developing rail transport in the 1520 gauge area, particularly in Belarus. Last year, the first cars equipped with Barber bogies were manufactured at Mogilev Carriage Works, and today Belarusian Railway is operating more and more new generation rolling stock.”