×
Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Brunswick to Test New Coal Wagons

LONDON — Brunswick Rail, one of Russia's leading rail car leasers, has bought 70 open coal cars for delivery in the next two months as a test phase of a new generation of rail cars planned for production in Russia, the company said Thursday.

"Brunswick Rail is pleased to contribute to bringing a fundamentally new type of rail car to the Russian market," said deputy CEO Vladimir Khoroshilov.

"The situation today is such that simply increasing the size of the fleet will not actually solve the rail car deficit problem," he added.

An acute shortage of rail cars is the most serious bottleneck in Russia's coal infrastructure, currently preventing the country from ramping up exports.

Private transport firms such as Brunswick, which operates a fleet of 16,000 modern rail cars, have emerged in recent years to fill a growing market, not fully met by state rail operator RZD.

Most of RZD's fleet is more than 15 years old, and many cars are literally falling apart. For years, chunks of rusted metal from the cars have had to be extracted with magnets from coal cargoes to avoid damaging equipment at power plants.

The new-generation gondolas will be supplied by CJSC Promtraktor-Vagon, managed by Tractor Plants Group, which is part of Machinery & Industrial Group N.V.

The gondolas will be fitted with Amsted Rail bogies and will need less frequent servicing and carry greater loads than current Russian rail cars, Khoroshilov said.

They will be tested by representatives of the leasing and manufacturing companies involved. If successful, commercial production of the new-style rail cars will start in Russia.

"There are a number of similarities between the Russian and U.S. freight markets," said Marcus Montenecourt, Amsted managing director for Russia and the CIS. "We believe the heavy haul rail car market in Russia will continue to grow, which in turn should increase the overall efficiency of the Russian freight transportation system."

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more