First modular lightweight wagon on the market

Rail Cargo Group and voestalpine have launched TransANT, an innovation for the international rail freight market. TransANT is the first modular lightweight wagon in the rail freight industry, enabling different units adapted to customer needs on standardised platform wagons.

The first set of 13 double units with a train length of 293 metres was delivered on Thursday 21 November to Logistik Service (LogServ), a subsidiary of the voestalpine Group, at the Linz location. The total order for LogServ comprises of 30 double TransANT units with a total length of 675 metres and a total weight of 1170 tonnes. All units will be handed over by the end of 2019.


TransANT offers a payload advantage of up to four tonnes per wagon, thanks in part to the 20 per cent lighter chassis. The standardised platform is available in different lengths between 33 and 70 feet, the modular structures are available in various industry-specific versions. The body changes thus allow adjustments to different logistical customer requirements.

In contrast to other modular equipment concepts, TransANT can also be used without restrictions in conventional single wagon transport, even with superstructures. The intelligent interface between body and wagon enables the rolling ability and the wagon is used without structure as a container wagon for intermodal transport. The preparation for automatic coupling ensures future optimisation and automation of railway operations.


“TransAnt proves how the rail freight business model is based on concrete customer concerns and delivers a tailor-made product. The innovation is also an example of how we are leading the rail freight industry to a modern future”, said Thomas Kargl, sales director at RCG, the freight division of ÖBB.

Voestalpine is responsible for the light-weight structure of the TransAnt. It has supplied a complete system consisting of steel components of the highest strength and appropriate welding technology, which contributes significantly to its weight reduction and flexibility of use. “The use of our high-strength lightweight steels increases efficiency and saves voestalpine an annual 100 train journeys in ore transport”, noted Wolfgang Mitterdorfer, chief sales officer of the Steel Division of the voestalpine Group.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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