OREANDA-NEWS. Sergey Goncharov, Deputy CEO for Technical Development ­ - Chief Engineer of Joint Stock Company Freight One (Freight One), delivered a presentation at the panel dedicated to the development of freight railcar construction in Russia, held at the Analytical Center of the Russian Government on August 23, 2016.

The event was attended by railcar construction executives, freight operators, federal executive authorities, industry experts, and members of the academic community.

Participants of the discussion examined the demand growth prospects in the freight railcar market, the efficiency of government support measures, the dependence of rolling stock renewal on lease rates, and challenges of innovative railcars operation on the Russian Railways network.

Sergei Goncharov presented his analysis of operation profitability for innovative railcars against standard series, and outlined the main criteria for modern rolling stock models.

Freight One?s Chief Engineer pointed out to the participants that when it comes to innovative rolling stock, the most critical expense lines for railway operators are standstill costs and running repairs.

«The problem of long standstill of 12-196-01 model railcars can be solved by timely providing the repair facilities with a sufficient pool of spare parts, developing a warehouse network to optimize the time of parts delivery to the repair facility, as well as the railcar manufacturer's assessment of the required number of spare parts and their early production,» Sergey Goncharov said.

He noted that consignors have enjoyed a slight cost decrease resulting from reduction of railcar-related expenses by almost a half, which, in turn, motivated railway freight operators to cut investment programs.

Sergey Goncharov also reminded the participants that the railcar life extension ban has particularly induced a shortage of supply amid the traffic demand peak. In this regard, he highlighted the need for the life extension tool to avoid rolling stock deficit during the seasonal spike of the network demand.