United Wagon Company has announced the introduction of the dumpcar to the market intended for the transport and automated discharge of bulk and lump construction aggregates and ore mining products.
Dumpcar prototypes are currently subjected to a variety of preliminary and certification and quality tests to obtain the certificate issued by Russian Federal Agency for Railway Transport.
The company plans to start the mass production at the end of 2019. UWC will deliver TC “Fast Delivery” 25 dumpcars and 20 units to RPC BrIK transport company.
The dumpcar is designed in two models. The 32-6982-01 model, designed for fine bulk cargoes, has no damping floor with an increased body volume of 42 m3 and a payload capacity of 72 tonnes, which renders cargo transport more efficient compared to that of the counterparts. This car is able to accommodate up to 10 tonnes more of freight, which reduces the required fleet by up to 15%.
The32-6982 model designed for coarse ore rocks, features a damping floor, payload capacity of 71 tonnes and body volume of 42 m3. The car structure endures higher impact loads during the loading process.
The design of the dumpcars allows them to be incorporated in any freight train type and be operated using the existing shippers’ and consignees’ infrastructure. With a side opening mechanism and a pneumatic discharge system the car body can tilt 45° to either side with simultaneous opening of the sides, returning then to the transport position.
Using the 18-9855 bogie to equip the dumpcar extends the period between repairs which allows to substantially reduce operating costs throughout the entire dumpcar life cycle, which is 32 years.
The UWC’s dumpcars have been developed by All-Union Research and Development Centre for Transportation Technology, and their serial manufacture will be conducted at TikhvinSpetsMash, a car production facility.
The existing Russian dumpcar fleet seems to be rather worn and obsolete. Some 30% of the railcars have surpassed their life span, and the service life of another 45% will expire within the next 5 years.