United Wagon Company, TransFin-M, a Russian leasing company, and FT Logistic, a freight forward operator, have signed a trilateral agreement for box cars.
Under the contract, 200 box cars will be delivered to be added to FT Logistic’s fleet, while TransFin-M will finance the rolling stock procurement.
The full batch of cars is set to be shipped by the end of next year.
“Thanks to our positive experience of operating Tikhvin-produced cars and the financial support from our longstanding partner TransFin-M, we have been able to choose UWC from among several offers available on the market and quickly close the deal. The new batch of cars will allow us to offer our clients the most favourable possible terms of transportation,” Ekaterina Smirnova, CEO at FT Logistic, said.
The model 11-6874 box car is a universal solution for transporting both outsized lightweight and heavy small-sized freight. This is made possible through the car’s balanced technical specifications concerning an increased capacity of 73 tonnes and its 175 m3 volume. The cars will be equipped with an innovative bogie of 25-tonne axle load, increasing its maintenance interval up to 1 million km, or eight years.
Standard equivalent models are sent for their first depot repair after running 210,000 km, or three years after construction, with subsequent repairs carried out every 110,000–160,000 km, or three years.
UWC says that special care has been taken to improve the usability. The size of the car’s door openings has been increased compared with standard models, while the sliding doors move seamlessly on roller supports. Four loading hatches on the body’s roof and side walls provide for convenient loading of bulk freight.
The body’s floor is made of corrugated steel sheeting, improving surface grip for both the freight itself and the wheels of the loading device. All of these distinctive design features significantly aid loading and unloading operations and increase their speed and safety.
FT Logistic operates Tikhvin-produced cars since 2017.