June 13 - UTC Overseas has unveiled its brand new railcar suitable for the transport of heavy and over-dimensional project cargoes.
The mega railcar features a 40 ft load deck, which UTC claims is the longest of any 16-axle depressed centre car available in North America.
The extra length on deck and a 400-tonne capacity makes it ideal for the movement of out-of-gauge and project cargoes, and provides an attractive alternative to the 20-axle Schnabel cars, the company adds.
UTC Overseas executive vice president Marco Poisler said: "Our new design, created by UTC's own rail engineering team, greatly enhances our ability to serve our customers in a timely and efficient manner, and reduces our reliance on the extremely scarce leasing market."
HLPFI reported in January 2014 that UTC has begun developing the new custom-designed railcar, with Matt Fielder, project manager at UTC, stating: "In recent years, the size and weight of the project cargoes our customers have been asking us to handle has been steadily growing."
A video of UTC's new mega railcar can be seen below.