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Railway cars repaired by EVR Cargo again used in Russia

While last fall Russia banned the use of freight cars repaired in 2015 at the Tapa depot of the Estonian rail operator EVR Cargo, by now the problem has been solved and EVR Cargo cars are once again in use, informs LETA/BNS.

"The situation has been solved better than we expected," CEO of EVR Cargo Raul Toomsalu told BNS. He added that the company re-repaired the cars.

According to Toomsalu he does not know all the details concerning what happened on the Russian railways last fall, but according to specialists of EVR Cargo the accident occurred as a result of several co-occurrences. "For instance, empty cars were uncharacteristically placed in the front of the train and full cars at the back," he said, adding that it does not happen usually because if something happened the heavy cars would push the light cars off the tracks.

Last October the Russian agency for transport safety, Rostransnadzor, banned the use on Russian railways of freight cars repaired in 2015 at the Tapa depot of the Estonian rail operator EVR Cargo. The decision was made in order to prevent possible accidents and threat to people's lives and health, the Russian regulator said.

On September 9, 2015 four freight cars derailed at a station of the Sverdlovsk railway. One of the cars had been built in 2009 and repaired at the Tapa depot of EVR Cargo in 2015. The Russian watchdog attributed the accident to the inferior quality of work done at the Tapa depot.

(Source: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/transport/?doc=118743)

01.04.2016

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