DRS takes delivery of 25 new JNA-Z box wagons from VTG Rail UK

A fleet of 25 new JNA-Z box wagons from VTG Rail UK will soon enter traffic for Direct Rail Services (DRS).

The wagons were built by WH Davis at its Shirebrook facility and will be operated by Nuclear Transport Solutions’ (NTS) rail division DRS.

VTG Rail UK Sales Manager Archie Lucas said: “We had the privilege of attending WH Davis’ Shirebrook site to witness the collection of these 25 newly built JNA-Z box wagons. It’s great to see these wagons coming off the production line and into service for our valued customer DRS, for which these wagons will become part of a wider fleet supplied by VTG, further cementing a positive working relationship between our companies.

“VTG works closely with operators across the UK rail network to ensure timely and safe delivery of goods and we are delighted to see these brand-new wagons in service.”

Each wagon’s gross laden weight is 101.6 tonnes, and the tare weight is 24.2t meaning that the payload is 77.4t.
Gottfried Eymer, NTS Managing Director for Rail, added: “These new wagons are an excellent addition to our portfolio and will enable us to provide new services to our customers. These are very exciting times, and the wagons offer a huge amount of flexibility, not to mention that each train we operate can take up to 60 lorries from the roads and offer CO2 savings of 76% when compared to road transport.”

The new wagons take the number of wagons used by DRS, that are leased from VTG Rail UK, from 115 to 140. The new wagons are being hired via a wet lease, meaning that VTG Rail UK will also provide maintenance.

Archie Lucas went on to say: “It’s good to work with WH Davis and support UK manufacturing whilst also delivering a robust set of wagons for our customer. We look forward to seeing these wagons entering service with DRS.”