First Prototypes of 25 tf Bogie Produced by the Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant
As part of regular milestone in construction of a new family of bogies targeted for manufacture, the Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant produced the first 2 prototypes of Bogie 18-9855 (Barber S-2-R) with the axial load of 25 tf. Upon completed prototyping of a gondola with wheel/rail load of 25 tf, the bogie prototypes with this gondola will be submitted to preliminary testing.
Furthermore, the works on performance of pre-tests of Bogie 18-9810 with 23,5 tf axial load are presently near finalization.
The bogie Barber S-2-R, which is fundamentally new to the Russian market of the transport machine building, was designed by a recognized leader in carrier designing – the Standard Car Truck Company (USA), a member of the Wabtec Corporation. The design of this bogie has a series of innovational solutions which have not been employed previously in the domestic railcar building.
The implementation of the positive foreign expertise in the building of carriers of freight cars rendered the Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant possible to develop innovational bogies, which, together with conjoined improvement of dynamic behavior, will ensure the amplification of service life for wear elements to 1000 thousand km, the feasibility to increase travel speeds of empty railcars by 30-40 kmh and the decrease in the cost of life cycle two fold against the domestic Bogie 18-100. The maximum design unification of bogies with 23,5t and 25t axial load will make provision for added operational advanced features of the bogie manufactured at the Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant.
Alexey Aleshin – Managing Director of CJSC “CTS” – the plant’s Project Leader – underlines the general economic impact due to the application of the bogie. Railcars on Barber S-2-R are twice as more cost-efficient against railcars on Bogies 18-100, while their market price will differ quite insignificantly. The serial output of the new freight modern railcars on Barber S-2-R will make a technological and economic breakthrough in the Russian market of railway traffic.
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