Rail operator Arkhbum receives another batch of Tikhvin timber flat cars

PJSC «Research and production corporation «United Wagon Company» (RPC UWC, the Group or the Company) (MOEX: UWGN), Russia’s largest manufacturer of freight cars1, has delivered a new batch of flat cars (40 feet) for timber to the rail operator Arkhbum, a subsidiary of the Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill.

The 40-foot-long flat cars, Model 13-6852-02, form a significant part of the Arkhangelsk operator's fleet of timber flat cars. According to Vasily Knyrevich, CEO at Arkhbum, the decision to purchase an additional batch of cars was based on their positive experience with the previously supplied cars of this model.

The Tikhvin timber flat car features a high load capacity of 74 t and a body volume increased to 122 m3, resulting in a reduced cost per tonne of cargo according to the current rail tariff schedule. The special design of the side rack base minimizes unused space when transporting freight. Openings in the end wall allow unobstructed visual inspection of the car.

The flat car is equipped with 25 t axle load bogies, Model 18-9855, featuring high operational reliability. The maintenance interval of the car is up to 1 million km, or 8 years. By comparison, most common flat cars running on the 1520-mm gauge have their first scheduled service upon completing 210,000 km, or 3 years after construction. The service life of the Tikhvin car is 40 years.

Vasily Knyrevich, CEO at Arkhbum: “Last year, we raised our freight rail traffic by 19.1% year-on-year and expanded our fleet to 2,500 cars. Our company intends to further develop its fleet mainly with new generation railcars and strengthen cooperation with United Wagon Company.”

1As reported by INFOLine-Analytics: https://infoline.spb.ru/news/index.php?news=205975