Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) Research and Production Corporation has started shipping its railway carriages to Iran, UVZ CEO Oleg Sienko said on Friday, September 9, during his working trip to Nizhny Tagil, Sverdlovsk region, Russia.
He said 600 railroad cars are being prepared for shipment now. “They are expecting coating at the workshop. The Iranian side visited UVZ with an acceptance inspection in August and accepted a shipment of carriages ready to be sent,” he specified.
Oleg Sienko explained that the rail tracks in Russia and Iran have different sizes. “The size of our rail tracks is 1,520mm, theirs is 1,435mm. Consequently, we had to carry out a huge work to replace sets of wheels on carriages, which is done now on the Turkmen-Iranian border. We did it,” Sienko said.
Afterwards, the carriages will be shipped to Iran on a scheduled basis. “The first lot will comprise 5,000 carriages,” the UVZ CEO said.
Besides, UVZ has designed tank cars, universal flat cars for timber, containers, and metallurgical cargoes for Iran. The Uralvagonzavod Corporation assesses capacity of the Iranian market of freight cars at about 10,000 units.
Uralvagonzavod JSC is a Russian corporation engaged in design and production of military equipment, road-construction machinery, and railway carriages.
Uralvagonzavod is a 100% government-owned company that heads the integrated structure incorporating more than 20 industrial enterprises, research institutes and design bureaus.