120 Km/h on the Russian stretch, will this also improve transit time of FELB’s service?

Reduction from 14 to 10 days terminal-to-terminal service between Asia and Europe is identified as a new ambitious goal within the Russian Railway Group.

For the first time, wagons in Russia will be able to carry out transports at the speed of 120 km/h, loaded or empty. As the wagon manufacturer Altaivagon has been granted approval for the Type 13-2114-11 container flat wagon design with 18-2145 bogies, TransContainer prepares to use this new type of container wagons on the Moscow – St. Petersburg route.

The approval and the upcoming production are the result of collaboration with Russian Railways

(RZD). The modelling and projecting went smoothly – only minor changes in the braking system were required to reach the new speed, Altaivagon reports. Ultimately, this is one more important step towards the reduction of transit time and maintenance costs.

The transit time development of FELB’s railing service between Asia and Europe improved gradually from 26 days to 22 days in 2010; from 22 days to 20 days in 2012 and from 16 days to 14 days in 2014. With the arrival of the 120 km/h wagon in Russia, FELB will be able to reach a transit time of only 10 days in the nearest future.