STM unveils its high-speed fitting flatcar

high-speed platforms Sinara Transport Machines Holding (STM) presented high-speed platforms for the transport of containers with an operating speed of 140 km/h. The railcar is manufactured according to the design specification set forth by Federal Freight Joint Stock Company (FFC) and is unique in terms of its technological characteristics.

In July – August, the flatcar prototypes will undergo test runs at the Experimental Railway Ring in Shcherbinka where they will run at a speed of 120 km/h. After that, the flatcars will go to Belorechenskaya – Maikop high-speed test site of the North Caucasian Railway, where they will operate at a speed of 140 km/h. The tests will be carried out with loaded containers. Completion of preliminary acceptance and certification tests, as well as obtaining a certificate, are planned for the fourth quarter of 2021.

The new 80-foot, high-speed, six-axle fitting flatcar incorporates innovative three-axle bogies. This and a number of other unique structural advantages allow it to have a larger carrying capacity with less load on the rails with an axle load of 20 tonness. It means that these flatcars may be used to transport two 40-foot containers.

The project of new high-speed fitting flatcar is being developed jointly by RPM Group (Remputmash), part of the STM Holding, and All-Russian Scientific Research Design and Technology Institute of Rolling Stock (VNIKTI) at the order of FFC.

The new type of rolling stock will be produced at Remputmash Kaluga plant, where the inspection of a 13-6704 flatcar prototype took place.

The ceremony was attended by Kirill Epshtein, the General Director of RPM Group, Andrey Shevtsov, the Deputy General Director for Technical Development, Chief Engineer of FFC and Anton Zubikhin, the Deputy General Director for Sales, General Director of Trading House STM.

“The flatcar main components and units have been manufactured at the production sites of the Holding. Kaluga Plant Remputmash places an order for bogie production at Lyudinovo Diesel Locomotive Plant, Kalugaputmash manufactures the frame and does the main welding operations, and the whole flatcar is assembled at Remputmash Kaluga plant. So the final product is a compilation of the best workmanship of the Holding’s production sites,” Kirill Epshtein said.

The high-speed platforms construction is part of FC’s Innovative Development Program until 2025 and will be used for freight transport on the Far East – European Russia routes as well as on the China – Europe route. “The implementation of this service will allow the Russian Railways to offer a new high-margin product to markets,” Andrey Shevtsov explained.

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