Railway wagon news

News about railway wagon orders and technology.

  • Karpaty wagon

    Ukrainian grain wagons made with domestic components


    UKRAINE: The Karpaty wagon factory has developed five models of grain hopper wagon using newly-sourced domestically produced components. This will enable wagon production to continue despite the loss of the Azovstal and Azovmash plants in Mariupol as a result of Russia’s full scale invasion. Last year ...

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    Rail freight associations raise ‘serious concerns’ about digital automatic couplers


    EUROPE: ‘Serious concerns’ about the competitive, economic, technical and operational impact of deploying digital automatic couplers have been set out by associations representing private freight operators in central and eastern Europe. They say DAC offers numerous benefits, but ‘hasty and arbitrary solutions could further hamper the ...

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    Failed bearing caused East Palestine derailment, NTSB confirms


    USA: A defective wheel bearing on a hopper wagon led to last year’s derailment of a Norfolk Southern train at East Palestine, Ohio, according to the formal NTSB investigation.

  • Prototype wagon for the Lobito Atlantic Railway at Galison Group’s workshop in Welkom

    Production of Lobito Atlantic Railway container wagons begins


    ANGOLA: South African company Galison Manufacturing has begun the production of 275 container wagons which railway concessionaire Lobito Atlantic Railway has ordered for delivery in three tranches from Q4 this year. The wagons are being made from high-strength steel to provided durability and a low weight ...

  • CN firefighting train (Photo CN)

    CN launches fire-fighting trains to protect supply chains from wildfires


    CANADA: Canadian National has created fire-fighting trains named ‘Trident’ and ‘Neptune’ which are designed to enable a significant amount of water and fire suppression capacity to reach isolated areas. The two trains are in addition to ‘Poseidon’, which was developed as a proof-of-concept. All three will ...

  • TriFLEX White

    Advanced Polymer Coatings targets wagon market


    USA: Advanced Polymer Coatings has launched TriFLEX, a direct-to-metal exterior coating system for wagons which it has developed in collaboration with the chemical sector and ‘major rail rolling stock operators’ to offer chemical resistance, mechanical toughness, UV stability and weather resistance. ‘We believe there’s a gap ...

  • US freight train

    FRA studies the behaviour of very long freight trains


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has produced three reports into the safety and performance of trains more than 7 500 ft (2 286 m) in length. Testing found that air brake systems performed largely as expected when in a controlled environment, but FRA says further testing ...

  • Türasaş has supplied national operator TCDD Taşımacılık with 27 container wagons of its own design.

    TCDD takes delivery of locally designed wagons


    TURKEY: State-owned locomotive and rolling stock manufacturer Türasaş has supplied national operator TCDD Taşımacılık with 27 container wagons of its own design. TheSgggrs articulated two-platform wagon with three bogies and six axles is suitable for use with 20 ft, 30 ft and 40 ft containers, and ...

  • T4000 Pocket Wagons for Iberian Gauge (Photo VTG)

    Iberian T4000 pocket wagons arrive


    SPAIN: Leasing company VTG is taking delivery of 200 T4000 pocket wagons for combined transport services on Spain and Portugal’s 1 668 mm gauge. The wagons are being built by Tatravagónka to a design derived from the T3000 pocket wagons in use on 1 435 mm ...

  • Ukraine Spain gauge changing Mou (Photo UZ)

    Spanish gauge-changing technology to integrate Ukrainian railways with the EU


    UKRAINE: The use of automatic gauge-changing wheelsets to speed up the movement of freight wagons between Ukraine’s 1 520 mm broad gauge network and the 1 435 mm standard gauge of neighbouring European Union countries is to be piloted by national railway Ukrzaliznytsia and Spanish infrastructure ...

  • GE C30ACi locomotive for Mozambique.

    Investment aims to make Mozambique – South Africa railway more competitive


    MOZAMBIQUE: The African Development Bank has agreed financing for state-owned rail and port authority Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique to purchase locomotives, wagons and tank containers. This aims to improve the competitiveness of the 88 km Ressano Garcia rail corridor between the port of ...

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    Grant supports wagon orders


    SPAIN: The Ministry of Transport, Mobility & the Urban Agenda has awarded leasing company Ermewa Ibérica a €17·3m grant to boost Spanish manufacturing as part of two wagon orders. The orders are for 150 Shimmns coil wagons which will be produced at the Inveho plant at ...

  • UZ hopper wagon

    Ukrainian Railways produces cross-border grain wagon


    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has used mostly domestic components to produce a grain hopper wagon which can operate on both the former USSR’s 1 520 mm broad gauge and the 1 435 mm standard gauge of neighbouring EU countries. The Type 19-8005-U wagon has a capacity ...

  • US freight train

    Proposed US wagon regulations target countries of concern


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking comments on a proposal to amend the Freight Car Safety Standards to limit the use of sensitive technology or components that originate from designated countries of concern or are sourced from state-owned enterprises from such a country. The changes ...

  • Hiivr unveiling

    Hiivr Rail autonomous wagon unveiled in Western Australia


    AUSTRALIA: Western Australia rail infrastructure concessionaire Arc Infrastructure and US technology partner Parallel Systems have unveiled a prototype autonomous container wagon following three years of development. The battery-powered wagon branded Hiivr Rail was demonstrated to government and industry stakeholders at the Kenwick Freight Rail Facility in ...

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    In depth

    Japan: Challenge and change at JR Freight


    Legislation limiting overtime worked by road haulage drivers comes into force next year, offering JR Freight an opportunity to win back lost traffic. Challenges include the need to adapt more of the 1 067 mm gauge network for 40 ft high cube containers and to develop wagons to carry them. Mike Bent reports.

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    NS deploys digital inspection portals to spot wagon problems


    USA: Norfolk Southern has begun deploying digital train inspection portals which use machine vision to identify faults on moving wagons. The portals have been developed under a joint project between the railroad’s Data Science/Artificial Intelligence and Mechanical teams and the Georgia Tech ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Freight operator trials brake monitoring technology


    UK: GB Railfreight has completed a four-week test of technology developed in collaboration with Icomera, DG8 and SENSEi which uses battery-powered remote sensors to share status and out-of-tolerance alerts with drivers and control centres during rolling stock pre-checks. Drivers receive sensor data directly to an app ...

  • Mapna wagons

    Iranian wagon manufacturer plans European exports


    INTERNATIONAL: Iran’s Mapna Group has announced a 10-year co-operation agreement for the potential supply of wagons to a Polish company, which plans to deploy them across eastern Europe. The deal announced on September 27 follows a year of negotiations with the unnamed company from Poland, which ...

  • VTG Knorr-Bremse iWagon
    Rail Business UK

    iWagon tests wheel flat prevention system


    UK: Leasing company VTG and rolling stock subsystem manufacturer Knorr-Bremse are undertaking trials with ‘iWagons’; these are vehicles which have been equipped with a range of smart digital technology and components. The first three iWagons are JPA tank wagons, which have been modified at Tarmac’s ...