Kazakhstan to manufacture rail freight cars

ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan railways will use freight cars of its own production, the press service of the country’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) said.

The Technical Center of KTZ has developed a program for freight car building, which is supported at the state level.

Technical Center Director Azamat Zhangeldy said that this program is aimed at updating the railway rolling stock and the definition of unified technical requirements for freight cars of Kazakhstan production.

“New covered wagons, open wagons, cisterns and platforms will have access for operation in interstate communication and are certified for compliance with mandatory requirements established by Technical Regulations for rolling stock,” Zhangeldy said.

He also explained that the key requirements for the new rolling stock include increased load capacity and reduced weight of freight cars. This, in addition to updating the railway rolling stock with modern freight cars, will increase the overall fleet capacity, speed, the quality of services, and security of transportation.

Technical requirements for freight cars will be approved before the end of this year, and mechanisms for financing the Program are being worked out.

“The working group is considering options for allocating funds for the production of freight cars. Within the framework of state support, measures are envisaged to provide preferences to manufacturing plants, import substitution, and increase in the share of local content,” Zhangeldy said.

The implementation of Freight Cars Development Program will increase the production of domestic freight cars to 6,000 wagons per year and create more than 1,500 workplaces.

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