UWC says the 19-9549 model ordered by Trade House RIF has a 25-tonne axel load and an increased volume of 120m3 giving it a 76 tonne loading capacity, allowing it to carry up to six tonnes more grain compared with the standard model. One fewer wagon will be required to transport approximately 50,000 tonnes of grain, which means the fleet can be reduced by almost 10%.

The model is compatible with existing infrastructure, including all loading and unloading terminal types. The five loading hatches, which allow for the even distribution of grain within the wagon, are also sealed to protect against rain.

UWC says the use of the 18-9855 bogie model has significantly extended the maintenance-cycle of the wagon to one million km, or roughly eight years, allowing it to slash maintenance costs by almost three times over the wagon’s entire life cycle. It says a grain transporter using a standard bogie will generally be sent for overhaul after logging 110,000km, or roughly three years of operation.

Trade House RIF already operates 500 UWC wagons in its fleet.