RUSSIA: Two prototype high capacity wagons have been unveiled by United Wagon Co, which said its latest designs have ‘no analogues’ in Russia or the CIS. Certification of the two 1520 mm gauge designs is expected in the third quarter of 2016.

The Type 12-6877 articulated twin-unit wagon increases capacity from 88 to 135 m3 and from 70 to 117 tonnes. UWC said this would enable train weights to be increased by 32% to 8 900 tonnes without an increase in length.

The second design is a the Type 12-9548 bottom-discharge wagon with 27 tonne axleload bogies, increasing capacity by 13 tonnes to 83 tonnes with a volume of 108 m3.