United Wagon Company won an international tender for the supply of freight cars to the Republic of Guinea. The batch of 114 hopper cars has already been shipped.
The rolling stock is being used to transport bauxites from the world’s largest deposit Dian-Dian (Boké Region). The hopper car configuration complies with the AAR railroad standard, including its dimensions, bogie, coupling and brake equipment. The railcar is designed to be operated under increased abrasive and corrosive wear typical of the tropical African climate. The hopper cars are manufactured at the TikhvinSpetsMash plant (part of UWC).
The export version of the hopper car for transportation of bauxite has the carrying capacity of 101.5 tons and the cubic capacity of 54 m3. The railcar bogie with the axle load of 32.5 t is designed for the 1435-mm gauge. The main characteristic of the freight car that makes it fundamentally distinct from market analogues is a unique system of quick drop unloading onto the track (two hatches on each side of the car, having the total length of 5.5 m).