Greenbrier delivers the first batch of flat wagons to PKP Cargo
PKP Cargo, the Polish largest rail freight operator, has added 44 new flat wagons to its fleet. The vehicles were manufactured at two European plants of The Greenbrier Companies. It is the first batch of flat wagons ordered by PKP Cargo in 2019.
PKP Cargo is continuing to strengthen the intermodal component of its business to maintain its leading position in the Polish rail freight market. The new flat wagons are an important move in this regard. Among the latest developments is the delivery of 44 units of the Sggrs 80 series, which were manufactured by two plants of the Greenbrier Companies: Wagony Świdnica in Poland and Astra Rail Industries in Romania.
These flat wagons were supplied to the Polish operator in late April as the first batch of the 220-wagon order that was concluded in December 2019. The entire deal will be completed by the end of 2022. According to technical specifications, each wagon can carry several configurations of the containers at a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour: four 20-foot, two 40-foot or two 30-foot boxes. The wagons are equipped with the composite brake blocks of the K-type.
PKP Cargo’s deal with the Greenbrier Companies is a part of the company’s long-term strategy for transforming from the conventional rail freight carrier focused on bulk to the intermodal logistics operator. By the end of 2022, the Polish company will increase its fleet with 1,156 flat wagons. 936 units will be manufactured by the Slovak wagon builder, Tatravagónka. Moreover, PKP Cargo is planning to purchase will purchase five multi-system locomotives, which will be delivered in 2022. All the orders are partially financed from the EU funds.
“Investments in a modern rolling stock will increase the operational capabilities and competitiveness of PKP Cargo. The potential of the intermodal rail transport market is higher than the current transport services and the high growth in this segment will continue in the coming years. The new wagons and locomotives will enable us to handle much larger freight volumes in domestic and international traffic,” said Witold Bawor, PKP Cargo’s management board member for operations.