UWC announced that by the end of this year, will supply 64 box cars to Kazakhstan’s operators and manufacturers and it has already shipped a first batch to the freight forwarder Asian Synergy Logistics.
The box cars, which will be manufactured by TikhvinSpetsMash, are used for carrying foods, less-than-car loads and loose grain.
UWC’s box cars have the service life of 32 years, with a repair interval of 800,000 km (or 8 years) versus 110,000 km (or 3 years) for their counterparts operating on local markets. In 2013, UWC service centres were opened in Kazalinsk, Karaganda and Pavlodar at the Kazakhstan railcar repairing facilities of Kamkor Wagon, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy.
The freight car’s capacity is 175 m3, which, coupled with the increased axle load of 25 tf, raises its payload capacity to 73 tonnes. The car’s parameters enable 6 more tonnes of cargo to be loaded, compared with similar cars. The car’s distinguishing feature is four loading hatches enabling easy and fast loading of loose goods, including grain. The size of the doorway openings allows for loading and unloading by all types of lift trucks.
Currently, the cargo base for this rolling stock type is rapidly increasing in Kazakhstan. In January–April 2018, the output of foods rose by 6.4% year-on-year, whereas agricultural output increased by 3.8%. Furthermore, the export potential of Kazakhstan goods has grown due to stronger relations with Russia and China. For example, in 2017 the volume of goods manufactured in Kazakhstan transported via RZD’s network in box cars rose by 18%, the growth drivers being timber freight (+53%), construction material (+40%) and fertilizers (+234%).
In 2018, positive dynamics continued with an increased load of 9.8%, while the volume of fertilizers doubled.