United Wagon Company has dispatched the first batch of more than 200 container flat cars to the rail operator New Logistic which will receive a total of 1,000 freight cars until the end of 2022.
The flat car model 13-6903 is intended to carry large-capacity containers is its increased payload capacity of 74.5 tonnes with a load length of 80 ft. The flat car can also be used to transport tank containers and containers, including refrigerated ones, of different sizes with a gross weight of up to 36 tonnes.
The car design allows placing and securing large-capacity containers in compliance with the Local Technical Requirements (MTUs). The flat car runs on bogies with a 25-ton axle load each that ensures safe operation of the car and a longer maintenance interval (8 years or up to 1 million km).
The demand for container flat cars in Russia rose drastically in 2021 amidst growing container shipments. The growth was triggered by a considerable development of the export and import container traffic between Russia and China.
The increased demand boosted the production of model 13-6903: last year it grew 3 times over the 2020 production to more than 1.8 thousand cars. Flat cars, model 13-6903, accounted for 11% of the total production of 80-foot container flat cars built in Russia in 2021.