RUSSIA: United Wagon Co has signed an agreement with fertilizer producer Uralkali to supply 400 hopper wagons from its Tikhvin factory.
The Type 19-9870 cars will have an axle-load of 25 tonnes and can carry up to 76·5 tonnes.
That design reflects engineering standards found in North America in the 1950’s
Modern North American rail freight wagons have typically been built and operated across the USA, Canada and Mexican rail tracks with 30 to as high as 3 metric tonne axle loading.
As a global benchmark, this is not good news for Russian shippers.