ÖBB acquires 90 new bulk freight wagons

ŽOS Trnava, a Slovak rail cars and locomotives manufacturer, will undertake the development and building of 90 new freight wagons for ÖBB. The new wagons belong to the Faccns series of freight self-dumping 4-axle wagon, used to transport bulk materials such as aggregate, gravel or sand.

Following a tender procedure of several months, the Slovakian manufacturer managed to stand out in the selection process and secure a business contract of 13,905,000 euros, said Zdenko Lančarič, Executive Director of ŽOS Trnava. The new generation dump wagon that the company is about to deliver constitutes an upgrade of the previous series (Faccnpps) since it bears a new hydraulic control system.

All delivered by 2023

According to ŽOS Trnava, during 2021, it will deliver two functional prototypes of the freight wagon to conduct tests for Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI). Later, during the second quarter of 2022, the company will begin mass-producing the wagons, which will all be delivered in Austria and ÖBB by the beginning of 2023.

The locomotive manufacturer specialises in the field of self-dump wagons and is undoubtedly a reliable partner for ÖBB. It has also collaborated with the Swiss railway company SBB, for which it has manufactured approximately 320 bulk freight wagons so far, and their partnership is still ongoing. Lately, ŽOS Trnava also signed a cooperation agreement with Waggonbau Niesky, a German manufacturer, to further enhance freight cars’ construction.

Nevertheless, the latest development related to the partnership with ÖBB will probably add extra value to ŽOS Trnava’s services. “We believe that we will convince other customers, with whom we are currently sitting at the virtual negotiating table, about the quality of construction of our wagons for infrastructure”, concluded Lančarič.

Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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