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Freightliner builds recycled box wagons

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Freightliner becomes the first UK rail operator to build European Standards compliant new box wagons from a significant proportion of recycled materials, as Freightliner Heavy Haul places into use a new fleet of wagons made using parts from redundant coal hoppers.

In support of a new a contract with Tarmac, Freightliner needed to provide a fleet of modern, high capacity box wagons and decided to investigate the possibility of using recycled parts from HHA (102t) coal hoppers.

With the help of Greenbrier Europe and with some modifications, the bogies (framework carrying wheels attached to the wagon) and some of the braking equipment from the hoppers became compatible with an existing design of box wagons.

The first 23 brand new MWA (102t) open box wagons have now arrived in the UK, transported by Freightliner Poland.

Freightliner ensured that UK and European safety standards and legal requirements were met.

“This project has been a success thanks to the effective collaboration between Freightliner businesses: Heavy Haul, Maintenance, Road Services and Freightliner Poland. We would also like to thank our key suppliers Greenbrier and SNC Lavalin for their support with the project,” said Paul Smart, Managing Director, Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd.

Joerg Greshake – Sales & Marketing Director of Greenbrier Europe, commented: “The great working relationship we have with Freightliner meant that we could work together to find an innovative and sustainable box wagon solution that fully met the needs of both the customer and ORR standards.’’

Chris Swan, Senior Manager, Rail and Shipping at Tarmac, said: "Modern, efficient wagons have an important role to play as we drive freight expansion and increase the transportation of materials from production sites to construction markets. It’s good to see equipment and materials being repurposed, especially as this is a key part of Tarmac's approach to sustainability and business."

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