United Wagon Company has opened a railcar maintenance service centre in Kyrgyzstan as part of its warranty and post-warranty maintenance programme for new generation freight cars.
The state-owned National Company Kyrgyz Temir Jolu, Kyrgyz Railway, will carry out current uncoupling repairs and maintain a warehouse with stocks of components and serial spare parts.
The opening of the authorised centre in Kyrgyzstan reflects the development of new transportation processes in Central Asia, in particular, in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. We are pleased that the new generation railcars are of interest not only in Russia, but also abroad. We look forward to developing further cooperation with the national railways of the 1520-mm gauge states,” Igor Tkachev, Managing Director at Titran-Express said.
The service centre was set up in several stages and was awarded the status of a Category 3 authorised centre by UWC. First, UWC’s experts assessed the available equipment and the qualifications of the repair facility’s personnel.
Training sessions under a special programme developed by the UWC were held for employees of the production and technical department responsible for the 12 maintenance areas covering the entire Kyrgyz railway. During the training, the employees learnt theoretical basis, having studied the design and main technical parameters of the new generation Tikhvin railcars equipped with innovative 18-9810 and 18-9855 bogies. For further work, the service centre received an interactive electronic technical manual “Freight Car Bogies, Models 18-9810 and 18-9855”, leaflets and other document templates for standard maintenance and repair processes.
“The common railway gauge, common customs area and strong trade relations between Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan give a clear understanding that new generation railcars will soon become widely used on the railway network across the entire 1520-mm area. Such fleet is more efficient than the old type and, therefore, could attract high interest on our market. This is why we are already working to prepare the service infrastructure,” Pavel Nalivaiko, the Head of the Kyrgyz Temir Jolu National Company’s Railcar Branch said.
At the end of the first quarter of 2021, the UWC Group implements its railcar maintenance and repair activities through a network of 97 service centres located around the 1520-mm area, including the Baltic states, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 36 service centres are authorised to perform all types of maintenance and repairs of railcars equipped with 25-tonne axle load bogies manufactured at the Tikhvin Industrial Site.