Porterbrook, GB Railfreight, and Greenbrier have shared the first pictures of the brand new JNA-X Box Wagon. The prototype, which has now successfully completed the audit and inspection process, is the first to roll off the production line in Romania.
Production of 50 new boxcars is part of the agreement announced by Porterbrook, GB Railfreight, and Greenbrier in March this year. The delivery of wagons to the UK is planned in two batches - first in September and second in October.
“This partnership demonstrates Porterbrook’s long-term commitment to investing in rail freight. The successful production of the prototype JNA-X Box Wagon is all-the-more impressive because of the challenges the team has had to overcome, including significant disruption in the supply chain,” commented Mark Wyborn, Head of Freight at Porterbrook.
The wagons are equipped with track-friendly bogies and have been designed to make a compromise between the wagon’s tare weight, volume capacity, payload, and the shortest possible wagon length over buffers for the bulk material it will transport. The box structure is made of high-strength steel, which ensures the structural reliability and long service life of the wagon.
With each tonne of freight transported by rail producing 76% less carbon than road transport, the new box wagons will also contribute to a more sustainable railway and support the Green Recovery program.
“This new rolling stock, alongside other investments made by GBRf, continues to demonstrate our commitment to reducing our emissions and supporting the government’s net zero ambitions. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to help look for opportunities to decarbonise our industry,” said David Golding, Asset Director at GB Railfreight.