August 29, 2019

Maintenance of next-generation car almost 1 million rubles cheaper than standard model

Dmitry LosevDeputy CEO of Technical Development of the railway operator Vostok1520 took part in a round table entitled ‘PRO innovative freight car’ as part of the PRO//Motion.Expo exhibition in Scherbinka. The senior executive explained how the maintenance of next-generation cars can have a positive impact on a fleet owner’s efforts to reduce costs. Average maintenance costs for an innovative car are almost 1 million rubles less than for a standard car operating comparable journeys over a distance of 1 million km.

Losev provided detailed statistics on the number of times standard and innovative cars undergo repairs of all types for the specified mileage, as well as analysing the extent of the repair operations and their associated costs. The company takes the view that the most transparent and objective strategy is for the cost of maintaining the car in good working order to be the same as the cumulative costs of all repairs carried out. By some measures, the cost of repairing a next-generation car is higher than repairing a standard model. This can be easily explained. For example, wear-resistant bogie parts are replaced during scheduled repairs and the difference in cost between cassette and cylindrical bearings is taken into account during major overhauls of wheel pairs. Nevertheless, the cost differentials even out with the frequency of repairs. Scheduled repairs take place 6 times less frequently for an innovative fleet, while general servicing happens 2.4 times less often and major overhauls of wheel pairs take place half as often. 

The senior executive underlined the fact that there are tangible losses for the freight owner every time the car goes in for repair: untimely delivery for loading, disruptions to freight volumes and schedules, and the possibility of failing to meet the terms of contracts. This is why Vostok1520 specialists are working constantly to find ever more innovative ways to optimise the use of rolling stock resources.

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