United Wagon Company has signed a contract with Kronospan, the world’s largest producer of chipboard, to provide 80 gondola cars (Russian Тпр (Tpr) clearance diagram) for transportation of wood chips. The cars are to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.
The car of 12-6995 model is a new product on the Russian market. A prototype is now undergoing tests for certification by “Register of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport.” The cars will be built at the UWC car building enterprise, TikhvinSpetsMash.
The new gondola cars for wood chip transportation have unique technical features to maximise the rolling stock’s cost efficiency. Optimal ratio of payload capacity (70 tons) to body space (211 m3) enables carriage of up to 30 m3 more cargo compared with analogues. Hatches on the sides of the car make it easier to clean it after unloading.