Christian Mikula
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Wheeled power: Start of the RCG wagon series

The Rail Cargo Group operates an impressive fleet of vehicles in order to move tons of freight. Our wagons are the basis for every transport. Do you know all the types of our freight wagons? How many own wagons does the RCG have? Hundreds? Maybe thousands? You will find out all these details in the coming weeks here on our blog.

A freight train of the Rail Cargo Group with 19 wagons is rushing through the Carpathians – over 500 metres long, weighing almost 1,300 tonnes. We handle this and hundreds of trains every day for our customers across national borders. As different as the destinations may be, the basis of these transports will always be the same: The wagon equipment.

The RCG has wagons of different types. Many wagons weigh more than 20 tons, but a single wagon can easily carry twice its own weight. ©RCG David Payr

The RCG vehicle fleet is as diverse as the various goods we transports. Covered and open wagons, as well as stake, flat, bulk, silo, tank, steel and container wagons are available for the safe, reliable and environmentally friendly transportation of goods from various industries – from steel and automotive to agriculture and wood, raw materials, waste disposal and consumer goods. In addition, special transports require special wagon equipment. With MOBILER, ISU or the Rolling Road, we also provide the right answer. In addition, we set new standards with our innovative TransANT platform car in terms of weight reduction and flexible car bodies. RCG’s entire fleet of vehicles currently comprises 21,185 cars.

Open wagon

Illustration of an open wagon, Eanos © RCG

The open wagon with the type names Ea, Eaos or Eanos. It is by far the most frequently used, for example for transporting beet, coal, scrap iron, bulk material or wood. RCG currently has more than 7,200 open wagons (a mix of its own and rented wagons). © RCG David Payr

Covered wagon

Illustration of a covered wagon, Habbiins/Habbiillns © RCG

The covered wagon. More than 3,700 of these are currently in use at the RCG to bring weather-sensitive goods such as paper, pulp or consumer goods undamaged to their destination. © RCG David Payr

Container wagon / Plattform wagon

Illustration of a container wagon, one of the five types of Sggrrs wagons © RCG

The container wagon. With over 2,500 wagons of this type, we transport various container goods of intermodal transports to their destination. © RCG David Payr

The UIC-wagon number

Every freight wagon has a unique identification code that can be found either on the side of the wagon or on the underframe. What looks like a confusing jungle of letters and numbers turns out to be an internationally standardized marking of freight wagons. The UIC wagon number consists of 12 digits, each of which has a special meaning. The classification marking consists of the classification letter (capital letter) and identification letters (small letters) if necessary.

The identification of freight wagons is internationally standardized, but the sizes of freight wagons of other railways may differ slightly. The wagon number consists of 12 digits and have the following meaning:

  • first and second digit: Code for the exchange procedure
  • third and fourth digit: Property code
  • fifth to eighth digit: Type number
  • ninth to eleventh digit: Position number
  • twelfth digit: self-control digit

Our experts can also identify the characteristics of each car by their generic names e.g. Eanos, Shimms and Gabs.

Car numbers on the side or underframe © RCG Christian Peschl/RCG David Payr