January 08, 2014

Brazil's VLI orders more Amsted Maxion wagons

Written by  Gustavo Ferrari
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VLI, the railfreight subsidiary of Brazilian mining giant Vale, is to acquire an additional 306 wagons from Amsted Maxion for use on Brazil's North-South Railway.

The order comprises 208 grain hopper wagons and 98 tank wagons for chemical and fuel traffic.

In 2012 VLI acquired 179 hopper wagons and 30 tank wagons, and its fleet currently stands at 877 units.

The hopper wagons ordered by VLI will have a payload of 98 tonnes, a significant increase over the 90-tonne capacity of the previous generation of hopper wagons.

The tank wagons are already in commercial operation, carrying fuel between the port of Itaqui, São Luis, and cities such as Palmas in Tocantins state. On the return journey, the wagons carry ethanol for export.

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