Freight Car of US Design First Certified in Russia

The Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant has obtained a compliance certificate from the State Registry of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport for a solid-bottom gondola of Model 12-9833 with the 23.5t axial load.

The 23.5t solid-bottom gondola is a design of the leading company in engineering modern railcars - Starfire Engineering & Technologies (USA), to the Russian specifics the railcar was adapted by the Engineering Center of Railcar Builders. The rights to the gondola design are fully owned by the Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant, which will provide for state economic interests in building the domestic industrial high-tech on the basis of importing of innovations and advanced process equipment.

A big degree of the gondola unification with typical railcars will ensure its speedy fit to the existing system of operation, maintenance and repair without additional investments in re-equipment of depots and in the personnel training.

It is a reminder that in 2009 the Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant obtained a compliance certificate for the manufacture of a pilot batch of a drop-bottom gondola with the axial load of 23.5t.

The Project Leader Mr. Alexey Aleshin notes that the plant is one of the pioneers in the internal freight railcar construction who began to outsource overseas designers who apply the steering global expertise. On the one hand, for the railcar builders it means additional obligations, on the other hand – the transfer of state-of-the-art technologies opens a flow of new ideas and solutions in the industry to facilitate rapid development of the latter.

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