UWC’s platforms on 25 tf bogies operating on Estonian Railways

Research and production corporation “United Wagon Company” (UWC or the Holding) (MOEX: UWGN) has supplied 162 platforms for transportation of timber to the international railway logistics company Operail (formerly EVR Cargo), founded on the base of Estonian Railways.

The cars equipped with bogies with an increased axel load of 25 tf will replenish the car fleet of WagonPro AS, a subsidiary of Operail, which specializes in providing rolling stock for rent.

The timber transportation platforms have been produced at TikhvinSpetsMash car building plant (part of UWC) since 2016. The 13-6852-02 model has already proved itself in the Russian market among industrial enterprises and transportation companies, as it provides increased efficiency in the transportation of both light and heavy types of wood, as well as significantly lowers transportation costs by reducing the required flat car fleet size. This model has previously been purchased by Kronospan, Mondi, ARKHBUM, Vologodskiye Lesopromyshlenniki, DV Real Trans Grpup, Lokotrans, Sibirsky Krai and others.

The 40-foot platform differs from standard analogues thanks to increased payload capacity (up to 74 tonnes) and greater loading volume (increased to 122 m 3), which makes it possible to load up to 10 additional cubic meters of cargo onto the car. The platform's design provides for ease of use and reduces unused dimensional volume.

Thanks to bogies with an increased axel load of 25 tf, the platform's overhaul period has been increased to 800,000 km (8 years), compared with 210,000 km (3 years) for the models widely represented in the 1,520 mm gauge area. There are several UWC service centers on the territory of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.