Sergey Goncharov: “Current Long-Term Development Program by Russian Railways Makes It Impossible to Develop Heavy Weight Capacity Railway Traffic in Russia”
Deputy CEO for Technical Development of Joint Stock Company Freight One (JSC Freight One) is of the opinion that the Long-Term Development Program (LTDP) adopted by JSC Russian Railways does not take into consideration some technological peculiarities of operation of the heavy weight capacity railcars.
“Unfortunately, nowadays the LTDP by JSC Russian Railways does not take into consideration particular features related to operation of the heavy weight capacity railcars. The nomenclatures of the cargoes to be transported in such freight cars are rapidly decreasing. Once universal, this fleet of freight cars turns into a narrow specialized one with limited traffic areas. At the same time, there undoubtedly exist perspectives for development of the heavy weight capacity railcars traffic. It is confirmed by the world best practices. However, in order to provide for a wider development of the above service in this country, it is necessary to perform synchronization of all the opportunities provided by the manufacturers of the heavy weight capacity railcars with the long-term development plans related to the railway infrastructure,” reported Sergey Goncharov during the 6th Annual Conference ‘Freight Cars Operation and Repair‘ held in Moscow.
Another important issue for the rolling stock operators – deficiency of spare parts necessary for repair of the railcars – was also mentioned by the top manager.
Sergey Goncharov commented in this respect saying, “The railcar manufacturing works must provide for post-sale servicing of their products including supplies of spare parts, technologies, documentation etc. For example, there exists no life cycle for a car; instead, there are dealer networks, car service facilities and obligations to supply the relevant spare parts undertaken by the vendors. And it works well. A similar approach has to be applied in the railcar building sector as well”.
The 6th Conference ‘Freight Cars Operation and Repair‘ is held in Moscow every year. The event is organized by the Industrial Cargoes (Promgruz) media agency. Within the framework of the conference the participants in the event discuss state-of-the-art of the market of scheduled and current repairs, maintenance of the railcars, supply of spare parts and other important issues.