During this year, United Wagon Company is going to supply 64 box cars to Kazakhstan’s operators and manufacturers. The first batch has already been shipped to the freight forwarder Asian Synergy Logistics.
The freight car’s capacity stands at 175 m3, which, coupled with the increased axle load of 25 t, raises its payload capacity to 73 tons. The car’s parameters enable six more tons of cargo to be loaded (as compared to similar cars). The car’s distinguishing feature is four loading hatches enabling easy and fast loading of loose goods, including grain. The size of the doorway openings allows for loading and unloading by all types of lift trucks.
UWC box cars have the service life of 32 years, their repair interval amounting to 800,000 km (or eight years) versus 110,000 km (or three years) for their counterparts operating on the local market. In 2013, UWC service centres were opened in Kazalinsk, Karaganda and Pavlodar at the Kazakhstan railcar repairing facilities of Kamkor Vagon (Kazakhstan Temir Zholy’s subsidiary).
The plan calls for using box cars manufactured by TikhvinSpetsMash (part of UWC) for carrying foods, less-than-car loads and loose grain. In the conditions of cargo growth arranging for highly efficient logistics is especially important for shippers, and it is cars fitted with bogies providing increased axle load of up to 25 t that could become an effective solution for transportation cost optimisation as there were no such cars among Kazakhstan’s fleet before.