UWC will soon start with the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) the official certification procedure for its Sggrs80 six-axle articulated flat car as they successfully passed homologation and certification testing in Europe, precisely in the Czech Republic.
The new 1,435mm flat cars are will be delivered to Deutsche Bahn under a contract signed for the supply of 270 six-axle articulated cars for heavyweight containers transport.
The prototype flat cars were sent in August to the VÚKV testing facility in the Czech Republic, where they underwent a series of tests for compliance with TSI WAG and TSI Noise requirements.
During the several months, brake tests, strength tests under static loads, impact tests, noise tests and other tests were performed.
The Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant also underwent a successful audit of its manufacturing and quality processes by VUZ, the Czech notified body accredited by ERA, being awarded with TSI compliance certificates for the Sggrs80 articulated flat car it intends to produce.
The six-axle articulated flat car has a load capacity of 108 tonnes and a range of solutions that are atypical for European car manufacturing and allow it to transport various size categories of ISO containers, tank containers and intermodal SWAP-bodies with a length of between 20 and 30 feet and a gross weight of up to 36 tonnes, or with a length of 40 feet and a gross weight of up to 40 tonnes.
The flat car is equipped with hinged twist locks in accordance with European standards for loading containers in various combinations. The car has a bogie with a 22.5 t axle load for operation on the 1,435-mm railway network. The car was designed by specialists working at the All-Union Research and Development Centre for Transportation Technology, a member entity of the UWC group.
In November 2018, UWC won the tender for the supply of 130 Sggrs80 articulated container flat cars. In 2019, Deutsche Bahn and United Wagon Company signed a new agreement for the supply of 110 additional articulated flat cars which are expected to be delivered at the end of 2020.