Siberian operator receives the first UWC tank cars

UWC tank carsTransport Logistics Systems (TLS) has received the first batch of UWC tank cars for transport of technical grade sulphuric acid. The delivery meets the deadline schedule, according to the contract.

This is the first supply agreement between the companies, and the first acquisition of specialised new generation cars by the TLS, a Siberian transport operator.

The tank car is equipped with 25 tonnes axle load bogies having a loading capacity of 77 tonnes and a tank volume of 44 m3. This allows each car to accommodate almost 12% more freight compared with standard models.

“We have heard a great deal of positive feedback about working with 25 tf cars, and see this delivery of UWC tank cars as our first trial run, but hopefully not the final step on the journey towards operating a fleet of new generation cars. The rolling stock we have acquired will allow us to ensure the uninterrupted export of our clients’ products, while reducing transportation costs per tonne of transported product,” said Oleg Balakirev, CEO of TLS.

The bogie with an increased axle load provides high operational reliability and reduces operational costs over the car’s life-cycle. The tank car’s service life is 18 years, while the maintenance interval has been increased up to 1 million km, or 8 years.

The standard models are sent for their first depot repair after two years, running 210 thousand km, with subsequent repairs carried out every two years, or 110 thousand km.

The UWC tank cars have an all-metal welded tank design, being equipped with a maintenance hatch with sealed hinged cover. The upper part of the tank is equipped with a pressure/vacuum relief valve to prevent pressure build-ups inside the tank and eliminate vacuum conditions. The valve is protected by a shock-resistant device. The sealing surfaces and design of the discharge pipe, hatch covers, and pressure/vacuum relief valve ensure that the tank is fully sealed and prevent leakages of transported freight.


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