News № 10 (May) 2019

Ongoing priorities
Timofey Khryapov has been appointed CEO of United Wagon Company by decision of the Company’s Board of Directors. ​

Railway operator UNICON 1520 (part of United Wagon Company) has won a tender with major polyvinyl chloride producer RusVinyl, a joint enterprise between Russia’s SIBUR Holding and Belgian company Solvay. The agreement signed outlines the transportation of sodium hydroxide over a period of two years.

According to a Ranking of the TOP Rolling Stock Manufacturers in Russia in 2018 compiled by INFOLine-Analytics, UWC took first place by number of freight cars produced in Russia (19,700 freight cars) and third place among the leading global manufacturers (after the Chinese CRRC Corporation and the American-European Greenbrier Companies). UWC intends to continue expanding its production of specialised railcars in 2019 and maintain its production volumes at a level of 19–20,000 railcars.

Сочлененные цистерны ОВК

First articulated tank car fleet in the CIS

United Wagon Company and the TEXOL group, one of Kazakhstan’s largest railway operators and freight car fleet owners, have signed a contract on the supply of 400 articulated tank cars for the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas. This articulated tank car design is revolutionary, with no other model on the CIS market able to match its technical and operational standards.

Платформы ОВК

Speed up transit throughput

United Wagon Company has completed a contract for the delivery of 60 flat cars on bogies with enhanced axle load to Russia’s largest intermodal container operator, TransContainer.

Right supplier of rolling stock
UWC will supply 101 tank cars to Chemical Company Shchekinoazot for the transportation of liquid bulk chemical freight.
Sergey Kobzev,<br/> Deputy Managing Director – Chief Engineer of Russian Railways:

Sergey Kobzev,
Deputy Managing Director – Chief Engineer of Russian Railways:

The economic impact of introducing innovative freight cars on Russian Railways as the infrastructure owner is being felt in two key areas: reducing operational costs, achieved through improvements to the technical specifications of the railcars, and increasing the contribution margin from the transportation of additional freight volumes, which are being realized thanks to increased carrying capacity on busy freight routes. Furthermore, the innovative freight cars with a 25 t axle load have an overhaul mileage of 800,000 km, or 8 years. This is a threefold increase on the figure for previous generations of freight cars. Guaranteed maintenance-free routes have been increased from 2,300 to 6,000 km. For example, bringing these railcars into operation in the Far Eastern region led to an increase in the amount of transported freight of more than 8.6 mln tons in 2017, and a further 8.2 mln tons in the first nine months of 2018.

Best Practices

We won’t let it rust!

We won’t let it rust!

In Russia, stainless steel railcars for molasses is only appearing at the moment. UWC is in the forefront of this process, offering the market a model on a 25 t axle load bogie.

Beware: it’s hot!

Beware: it’s hot!

Nowadays the welding is done using wide variety of techniques amounting to over 150 methods. How did welding technologies evolved?

Getting on track

Getting on track

The history of railways is the history of the development of humankind, and, as in any good story, it has its fair share of antagonists.


Sweet freight

Sweet freight

Leysana Korobeynikova, Deputy Head of Research at UWC, reports on the molasses transportation market.