UWC and Trans-Service sign contract for food-service tank cars
The 15-6900-04 tank car was the first food-service car model on the Russian market having a stainless steel tank mounted on bogies with a 25 tonne increased axle load. They are designed to transport food products such as molasses and vegetable oils.
United Wagon Co’s manufacturing facility in TikhvinSpetsMash will supply the wagons.
To maximise safety, the 15-6900-04 car uses a tank lined with stainless steel, which forms no substances harmful to humans when it comes into contact with food. The tank is of a bent-axis type to ensure that the cargo is discharged to a maximum, and has an outer steam jacket that allows unloading viscous products at a variety of temperatures.
Owing to the increased volume of its tank (56 m3) and a higher load capacity (74.4 tonnes), the car is able to accommodate up to 10 tonnes more of freight in comparison with other similar models. This reduces the size of the car fleet required for transportation by almost 10%.
The 15-6900-04 model is mounted on 25 t axle load bogies, which significantly increases maintenance intervals and operational safety. The service life of the tank car is 30 years.
Vasily Maklakov, director at Trans-Servis, said: “We have decided that for now, the optimal and most profitable option for us is delivering products in tank cars.
“When it comes to tank containers, there are issues, yet unresolved, related to the development of extensive infrastructure for their maintenance and servicing on the network. It is for this reason that we have opted for the new Tikhvin-produced stainless steel tank car equipped with 25 t axle load bogies. We believe that the emergence of new generation cars in the transportation of food items will significantly improve the segment’s performance.”