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Basalt fibre insulated tank wagons ordered

13 Dec 2016

RUSSIA: Chemical producer Bashkir Soda Co has ordered more than 70 Type 15-6900 tank wagons from United Wagon Co subsidiary TikhvinChemMash to carry caustic sodium hydroxide. Deliveries are scheduled by the end of 2016.

In a development which the manufacturer claims is ‘unique to the market’, these wagons will incorporate mats of moisture-resistant basalt fibre thermal insulation to prevent the contents freezing even when ambient temperatures are as low as -40°C.

The wagons will have a 54·5 m3 tank and 25 tonne axleload bogies allowing a payload of 73 tonnes, a 12% improvement on older designs.