PJSC Research and production corporation “United Wagon Company” (“UWC” or the “Group” or the “Company”), Russia’s largest manufacturer of freight cars1, has shipped, in the 1520-mm track gauge area, its first six-axle articulated tank cars for light refined products to TEXOL Group, one of the largest rail operators and freight car owners in Kazakhstan.
The six-axle articulated tank car model 15-629 is a new serial product in the Group product line. It is a unique transport solution allowing the transportation of a whole car load of light-weight refined products while considering all infrastructural constraints and specific features of oil products transportation.
The total volume of the two boilers of the tank car is 160 m³, load capacity is 108 t. The design features ensure maximum utilization of the car load capacity during transportation of light refined products with low density (up to 0.84 t/m³), such as gas condensate, some grades of diesel fuel, etc. Due to this competitive advantage, the Tikhvin tank car provides a reduction of up to 20% of transportation costs per one ton of cargo, depending on its density. By reducing the tare weight, the number of running parts, and the resulting reduced impact on the track, the infrastructure also benefits from the operation of such cars.
The tank car can be operated as part of mixed trains with 4-axle cars and is compatible with existing discharge and loading terminals. Parameters and design of operating equipment, including 1.7 times higher setting pressure of the applied safety valves than the standard one, allow safe transportation of refined products with a high degree of danger. The service life of a Tikhvin 6-axle articulated tank car model 15-629 is 40 years.
Sergey Gorsky, General Director of Texol Trans Service Ltd.: "Our company is already very familiar with articulated tank cars. The experience gained from operating LHG cars has shown that one should not be afraid of all novelties in the market. Articulated tank cars are compatible with the infrastructure, are reliable in operation and carry a significantly higher cargo volume. We expect the articulated tank cars for refined products in our company's fleet will show equally impressive results."
1As reported by INFOLine-Analytics: https://infoline.spb.ru/news/index.php?news=205975