The 1520mm-gauge wagons were tested with the support of Russian Railways’ Research and Rolling Stock Design Institute (VNIKTI) at Kolomna and the Railway Research Institute (VNIIZhT), which is based at Shcherbinka near Moscow.

The type 13-6954 wagon is designed to accommodate one 40ft or 45ft container and uses underframe components from passenger vehicles, including bogies. The vehicle is also equipped with electro-pneumatic brakes.

The contract for the first vehicles was signed at InnoTrans in Berlin last September.