UKRAINIAN rolling stock manufacturer Kryukovsky Railway Car Building Works (KVSZ) has announced that one of its wagons has successfully obtained certification under the European Union (EU) Technical Specification for Interoperability covering freight wagons (WAG TSI).

This comes as the company looks to shift its focus towards the European market following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

KVSZ began designing wagons for the European market in 2021, including type Sggrss 80-foot and Sggmrss 90-foot flat wagons for carrying containers and swap bodies. The company says two prototype Sggrss wagons have now successfully passed the certification process and have met the standards set by WAG TSI and the Noise TSI.

KVSZ will now begin the type approval process and operational acceptance for the European network with the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), with series production due to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

The Sggrss wagon is 26.6m long over its buffers, with a loading deck height of 1155mm, a tare weight of 27 tonnes, and a maximum payload of 108 tonnes at 100km/h or 93 tonnes at 120km/h.

The prototype Sggmrss wagons are due to start the certification process in the third quarter of 2022, expected to be completed in 2023.

KVSZ is seeking orders for the new wagons from EU operators and leasing companies. The company also manufactures passenger coaches, DMUs, EMUs, metro cars and bogies.