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United Wagon Company begins production of fertilizer hopper cars

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World Fertilizer,

United Wagon Company (UWC) has begun the mass production of 120 m3 hopper cars for mineral fertilizers.

Increased capacity of the new generation hopper car body provides increased loading of freights up to 76 t, including those with a low bulk density (up to +6 t of freight in comparison with counterparts) that allows to effectively transporting all nomenclature of mineral fertilizers. The application of a special two-component covering creates a reliable protection of the body against aggressive influence of freight.

The application of innovative bogie with increased axle load is a considerable competitive advantage of the hopper car for mineral fertilizers. Increased terms of between-repairs runs (up to 800 000 km/8 yr), provide, by more than 3 times, the reduction of cost of the freight car lifecycle. Hopper car service life is 32 years.

Two effective locking-sealing devices (instead of four) have been applied in the construction design of loading and unloading hatches locking mechanisms. The application of these devices significantly reduces costs and saves time of freight carriers.

New generation hopper car has been assembled at Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant. They have been designed by All-Union Research and Development Centre for Transportation Technology.

The Federal Budgetary Organisation “Register of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport” certificate confirms that the new freight car model complies with the requirements of Technical Regulations of the Customs Union 001/2011 “On the safety of the rolling stock”.

According to industry experts’ estimations, the segment of mineral fertilizers transportation is the one that is least exposed to the economic volatility of the last two years due to a high share of export shipments. Therefore, the demand for mineral handling cars remains stable, as confirmed by recent transactions for the sale of new rolling stock.

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