Russian flatcars have received an ERA certificate. The European Union Railways Agency (ERA) has granted United Wagon Company permission to use its flat wagons on the European rail network in accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/797.

Russian flatcars received ERA certificate
Picture: United Wagon Company

The certification was obtained for Sggrs 80 ‘six-axle platforms and Sgmmns 40’ UWC four-axle platforms. For the first time in the modern history of Russia, domestic freight cars will be operated in Europe with a track gauge of 1435 mm. The company’s current portfolio of orders for European countries exceeds 1,000 wagons, informs Railway Supply magazine, citing Railway Pro.

“The approval of serial freight cars by the European regulatory body represents a significant step forward for us both in terms of fulfilling our contracts and developing the company’s export strategy,” said Viktor Dolgov, Deputy General Director for UWC Operations.

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ERA, the European regulatory body, has issued a permit based on the results of freight car tests, a production audit and a series of TSI certification tests organized by the Czech Research Institute of Railways (VUZ). Platform wagons of Russian production, designed for the transportation of heavy containers in European countries, have successfully passed static load and shock strength tests, stationary and mobile braking tests, dynamic and strength tests in motion, and noise tests.

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As part of the technical acceptance process, the customer’s representatives carried out a comprehensive assessment of the technical characteristics of serial freight cars for compliance with European standards. Thus, more than 100 key parameters of the Sggrs 80 ” six-axle articulated platform have been evaluated, including dimensional checks, brake tests, paint checks, non-destructive testing of welds, etc.

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The export platforms Sggrs 80 ‘and Sgmmns 40’ were developed by the UWC engineering center and are manufactured at the Tikhvin production site.

Due to its articulated design, the 80-foot Sggrs (s) platform has a lifting capacity of 108 tons and can transport containers of various sizes with a total weight of up to 40 tons. The Sgmmns 40 platform ‘features improved performance compared to similar vehicles currently available on the European market, such as a lower curb weight of 15.5 tonnes compared to 16 tonnes and above its conventional counterparts. The platform has a lifting capacity of 74.5 tons and is 40 feet long. Both cars are equipped with bogies with an axle load of 22.5 tons, suitable for operation on a 1435 mm track gauge.

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