Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant — a manufacturing facility that is part of the Research and Production Corporation “United Wagon Company” — has started shipping the large-size castings (Barber S-2-HD® bogie Side Frames and Bolsters) to equip the North American freight cars. These TVSZ castings have been approved by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) for unrestricted interchange service on all North American railroads, including the largest Class I railroads. The planned scope of supply is up to 5 thousand car sets.
In order to produce freight car castings for the North American market, TVSZ first had to pass a Quality Management System audit to confirm compliance with AAR Specification М1003, and also meet the foundry technical requirements for certification under AAR.
Sample castings made in Tikhvin successfully met static and dynamic structural test requirements necessary for AAR approval of the casting designs, confirming the quality of the product. These tests were carried in North America at an AAR approved facility CTLGroup testing center under AAR observation.
Freight castings made in Tikhvin are intended for bogies such as the Barber S-2-HD® and feature reduced weight design preferred by North American customers. The S-2-HD® is a standard 32.5 tonne-force axle load bogie approved for general use. So freight cars equipped with these bogie castings will operate over the entire North American rail system, in the USA, in Canada and in Mexico.
These AAR certifications of TVSZ’s foundry and approval of the castings through testing are required to perform the decade-long export contract effected between RPC “United Wagon Company” and Wabtec Corporation.
Maxim Kuzemchenko, Deputy CEO for Business Development at United Wagon Company, notes, “Start of shipments to the mature and competitive market of North America confirms the highest quality level of our products and compliance with the world standards. We keep on diversifying UWC business by using our competitive strengths and building relations with the industry leaders.”
Mickey Korzeniowski, GM Wabtec Freight Products, agreed, saying “Wabtec seeks to partner with world class suppliers in order to deliver highly engineered products to our North American rail customers. TVSZ, with their state of the art foundry, fits that mold. Through our partnership with UWC we look forward to supplying high quality, durable truck castings and other products to the AAR market for years to come.”