United Wagon Company and Trans-Servis, a Russian rail freight operator, signed an agreement for the supply of a batch of food-service tank cars which are expected to be delivered until the end of the year.
The 15-6900-04 tank car was the first food-service car model on the Russian market having a stainless steel tank mounted on bogies with a 25-tonne increased axle load.
“Today, we can see not only railways competing for cargoes with other modes of transport, but also tank cars competing with tank containers. We have decided that for now, the optimal and most profitable option for us is delivering products in tank cars,” Vasily Maklakov, Director at Trans-Servis said.
In 2019, the tank car has appeared in UWC’s product portfolio being constructed by the TikhvinSpetsMash manufacturer.
The railcar was designed to meet the specific requirements of the food transport business. Food items transported by rail include finished products and raw materials.
To ensure their safety, the car uses a tank lined with stainless steel, which forms no substances harmful to humans when it comes into contact with food. The list of cargoes that the tank car can carry covers 30 items, including molasses and vegetable oils.
The tank is of a bent-axis type to ensure that the cargo is discharged to a maximum, and has an outer steam jacket that allows unloading viscous products at a variety of temperatures. The tank car has an increased volume of 56 m3 and a load capacity of 74.4 tonnes. It can accommodate up to 10 tonnes more of freight compared to the existing similar models. The increased volume and size allow a 10% reduction of the car fleet required to transport the freight.
The food-service tank cars are mounted on 25-tonne axle load bogies which significantly increases maintenance intervals and operational safety. The service life of the tank car is 30 years.