United Wagon Company (UWC) and leasing company Dessa have signed an agreement for the supply of a batch of new generation flat cars for the transportation of timber. UWC will deliver the 60-foot rolling stock by the end of May 2020.
As a result of this agreement Dessa will have a fleet of 65 units from the Tikhvin plant. The flat car model is 13-6895 and has a loading capacity of 72.5t and a body volume of 155 cubic metres. Thanks to the loading length of 18.85m as well as other technical features these flat cars are eligible for the short wheelbase tariff, while being able to accommodate up to 40 percent more freight compared to similar market models.
An optimised design reduces space inefficiencies, meaning the flat cars can be loaded without a freight gap.
The flat cars feature 18-9855 bogies with a 25t axle load. Their maintenance interval is either every 1 million kilometres or every eight years. The flat cars have a service life of 40 years.
“The railway rolling stock leasing market anticipates tough times ahead, and the drop in demand for universal cars is already being felt. In spite of this, however, specialized fleets are emerging as a promising segment, primarily on bogies with a 25-t axle load. There are several car-building companies currently producing innovative models. We began our cooperation with United Wagon Company in 2017, and so we are well acquainted with the new generation Tikhvin-produced cars. The same goes for our customers, including Sodex, who will be the recipient of the acquired rolling stock. We are delighted with the car’s performance, which is why have opted for UWC once again.”
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