Brunswick Rail, one of the leading Russian private freight railcar operating lessors, together with its partners Promtractor-Vagon (part of Tractor Plants Group), Amsted Rail and Brenco, held a training seminar on the servicing of new generation railcars. The seminar is part of a "Controlled Operation" programme to assess new generation 12-1304 gondolas in Russia.
At the event, held at the Inskaya depot in the Novosibirsk region, Brunswick Rail representatives together with engineers and designers from Amsted Rail, Brenco and Promtractor-Vagon spoke about the features and maintenance of the innovative railcars. Amsted Rail designs and produces the model 18-9836 Motion Control System bogies, Brenco designs cassette bearings used in bogie construction, while Promtractor-Vagon constructs the railcars. The audience comprised staff of operating depots and service centres who are directly involved in servicing the first 70 new generation model 12-1304 gondolas, which since 2011 have been undergoing testing as part of a "Controlled Operation" programme by Russian Railways (RZD).
Brunswick Rail Deputy CEO and Director of Business Development Vladimir Khoroshilov said: "Training of depot staff is an essential part of the programme for introducing new generation railcars. This is another step towards ensuring that innovative technologies are seen not as the future of the Russian market but as its present. New generation railcars have been in use in other countries for many years, but in Russia the manufacture of railcars has not changed substantially for decades. We are delighted to be among the first wave of companies to introduce the latest developments into Russia."