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Our motto is «Think ahead». Every year new solutions and patents are added, which meet the requirements of the future today. As you can see, we do not believe in limits.

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    WASCOSA safe tank car®

    The WASCOSA safe tank car® sets new standards in safety for the transportation of hazardous goods by rail. A first series of the WASCOSA safe tank car® is being used for the transportation of sulphur dioxide. With its various safety elements and the optimised brake platforms at both ends of the car it epitomises the hazardous substances tank car of the future. Together with customers, freight car and component manufacturers, experts for crash and simulation technology and not least the German Federal Railway Office, we have developed a completely new safety and labour protection package.

    The customer invited tenders for a fully equipped chlorine car that should offer much more in the field of safety than other cars that had previously been available on the market. Together with long-standing partners, including experts for the development of safety components, a comprehensive safety concept was therefore drawn up for the hazardous substances tank car. A completely new rollover protection (patent pending) was developed, for example. A further safety element that has its origins in locomotive construction is the EST Suprabuffer G2. The strength and deformation behaviour of this buffer have been optimised on the basis of the latest findings to protect the WASCOSA safe tank car® with a reinforced undercarriage far beyond the level required by RID.

    The car is also equipped with two mechanical derailing detectors to prevent any serious damage in the event of derailing. In addition the WASCOSA safe tank car® has four ride-up protection modules type AC04 from the firm of EST which prevent the buffers of one car riding up over the buffers of the neighbouring car in the event of an accident. This completely newly designed buffer ride-up protection for the first time meets the RID special regulation TE25 section a) which requires that not only should the bottom of the tank be protected against penetration by riding-up opposite buffers but also that riding up be prevented in the initial phases.

    An optimised brake platform with a continuous, unrestricted passage width and additional handrails on the side ladders contributes to more safety at work. Whereas new constructions up to now only had a brake platform at one end of the car, the WASCOSA safe tank car® gives the operational personnel a safe chance to cross from one side to the next at both ends of the car.

    Since safety elements are only sensible if it can be proven that they make things safer, WASCOSA has for the first time had arithmetical simulations performed of various load cases for the WASCOSA safe tank car® and all of its components in agreement with the approval authorities. Our partner was the firm of Makross in Munich who for years now have been carrying out successful simulation calculations for all famous automobile manufacturers.


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    WASCOSA euro tank car®
    GENERAL
    Tare weight approx. 24.0 tons
    Wheelset load 22.5 tons
    Permissible gross weight 90.0 tons
    Travelling speed unladen 120 km/h, laden 100 km/h
       
    UNDERCARRIAGE
    Length between buffers 17.00 m
    Buffer Cat. A, Type MINER
    Bogie Y25 Lsd1 (BA 628)
    Wheelsets BA 004
    Brake KE-GP 16", with change-over valve LB2
    Drawgear Keystone Type 540.5
       
    TANK
    Tank material 1.0570, S355J2G3, gem. EN 10025 TRT 042
    Tank capacity 95 m3
    Tank code L4BH
    Calculated pressure (RID) 10 bar
    Test pressure 4 bar
    Max. working pressure 3 bar
    Explosion shock resistance (TRT 006) 8.7 bar
    Calculated pressure 0.4 bar
    Tank working temperature -20 °C / +50 °C
       
    FILLING AND DRAINING EQUIPMENT
    Dome Dome with 4 locking handles, DN 500
    Safety flap BV 100 Type Krombach (mechanical)
    Side valve DN 100 Typ ADLER FA1 Special
       
    GAS DISPLACEMENT SYSTEM*
    Vent valve BLV 100 Type Koch / Kiel (mechanical)
    Safety flap DN 80, SV 38 Typ Krombach
    Dry coupling Civacon 4" with cover
    Master coupling Elaflex 3" with cover
    Master coupling Elaflex 2" with cover
    Connection DN 80 / 2" with cover

    * Intellectual property of Wascosa, patent protected.


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    WASCOSA flex freight system® with E-type swap body

    WASCOSA has set itself the goal of becoming the most innovative freight car leaser. This leads to the obligation of satisfying the highest customer demands and constantly setting new trends in the freight car industry. The WASCOSA flex freight system® was developed for participants in rail-freight traffic who want to increase the long-term productivity and profitability of their rolling stock and optimise the number of freight cars in use. The aim of this project was to develop a freight car that can be used throughout the year for different types of freight and thus allows a continuously high employment and productivity over the car’s entire life cycle.

    The starting point was the fact that a number of rail transport companies’ use special freight cars that can only be used for certain freight and thus leads to unsatisfactory economic results with a fluctuating demand, on the one hand through inadequate capacity utilisation and on the other through an excessive number of cars in the fleet. What’s more, the parking charges also take their toll.

    The WASCOSA flex freight system® concept was completed on time for the 2009 transport logistic trade fair in Munich and is based on two elements. The first element is a fully fledged 60‘ container car that can be used at any time without restrictions to transport all possible containers in combined traffic. In addition, the container car has special additional attachment features to attach a special car superstructure. These make the car an exclusive vehicle with a corresponding added value for shippers.

    The second element in the concept are different superstructures that allow the car to be converted into a special freight car depending on the needs and cargo. The superstructure on show is an E-tank (load volume 85.72 m3, payload 59.61 t) based on the idea of the Eanos car and having 4 double doors as well as a steel floor. The car can thus be used for all common cargos that would otherwise be carried in an Eanos car. Examples include scrap, refuse, sugar beet, building materials, wood chips, etc.

    The superstructures can be removed and stacked when empty. The big advantage here is the ability to react to seasonal fluctuations and avoid special freight cars standing around unused, which has a negative effect on the profitability of the vehicle.

    This big advantage on the one hand justifies the non-standard length of the car and clearly compensates the on the whole higher procurement and rental costs on account of the permanently higher productivity. In this way the WASCOSA flex freight system® makes a significant contribution to effectively reducing the number of freight cars used for various cargoes.

    Other superstructures are currently being developed and will be introduced continuously. Patent protection has been applied for on the WASCOSA flex freight system®.

    Contact Person
    Mrs. Irmhild Saabel,
    Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) / Executive Board
    T +41 41 727 67 62, F +41 41 727 67 77,
    M +41 79 330 89 89, irmhild.saabel@wascosa.ch


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    WASCOSA flex freight system® with timber cassette swap body

    WASCOSA has set itself the goal of becoming the most innovative freight wagon lessor. This leads to the obligation of satisfying the highest customer demands and constantly setting new trends in the freight wagon industry. The WASCOSA flex freight system® was developed for participants in rail-freight traffic who want to increase the long-term productivity and profitability of their rolling stock and optimise the number of freight wagons in use. The aim of this project was to develop a freight wagon that can be used throughout the year for different types of freight and thus allows a continuously high employment and productivity over the wagon’s entire life cycle.

    The starting point was the fact that a number of rail transport companies operate special freight wagons that can only be used for a certain freight; this leads to unsatisfactory economic results with a fluctuating demand, on the one hand through inadequate capacity utilisation and on the other through an excessive number of wagons in the fleet. What’s more, the parking charges also take their toll.

    The WASCOSA flex freight system® concept was completed on time for the 2009 transport logistic trade fair in Munich and is based on two elements. The first element is a fully fledged 60’ container wagon that can be used at any time without restrictions to transport all possible containers in combined traffic. Furthermore, the container wagon has special additional attachment features to attach a special freight wagon superstructure. These make the wagon an exclusive vehicle with a corresponding added value for shippers.

    The second element in the concept are different superstructures that allow the wagon to be converted into a special freight wagon depending on the needs and cargo.

    Other superstructures are currently being developed and will be introduced continuously. Patent protection has been applied for on the WASCOSA flex freight system®.

    Contact Person
    Mrs. Irmhild Saabel,
    Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) / Executive Board
    T +41 41 727 67 62, F +41 41 727 67 77,
    M +41 79 330 89 89, irmhild.saabel@wascosa.ch