Transportation using universal rolling stock


The Rail Division operates the following types of target rolling stock: fitting platforms for container transportation and universal box cars.

In 2020, FESCO completed its programme to dispose of non-core assets, selling the grain and box car businesses. The fleet of fitting platforms expanded by 834 units. As at 31 December 2020, the Rail Division operated a total of 8,200 units of rolling stock.


The Rail Division offers freight forwarding services, dispatcher control (24/7 monitoring of railcar movement within the network), locomotive leasing, and railcar storage infrastructure. To deliver excellence in transportation, the Rail Division runs six representative offices in the key cargo base regions: Moscow and the Moscow Region, the Primorye Territory, the Chelyabinsk Region, the Irkutsk Region, and the Komi Republic.

In order to integrate FESCO assets and competencies of other divisions, the Rail Division is expanding its fleet of fitting platforms and ensures the technical quality of the fleet and proper maintenance of railcars, optimises repair costs and times by installing its own spare parts and wheel sets.

In 2020, box cars transported the following cargoes: crushed stone, sawn timber, rubber, cement, sulphate, soil, fertilisers, construction materials, alcohol-free beverages, and flax and sunflower seed.

Transportation in 2020 by cargo type, %
Transportation in 2020 by cargo type, %
Source: Company data.
FESCO’s operated rolling stock, units
Indicator 31 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2020
Gondola cars 2,109 709
Fitting platforms 4,457 5,593 6,296 7,130
Pellet hoppers 1,576 10
Box cars 1,515 1,244 2,047 1,003
Grain hoppers 2,931 4,069 4,203
Other 381 300 177 67
Source: Company data.


Amid lockdown measures and lower rates, the volume of railway container transportation grew by 21% YoY in 2020, reaching 471 thousand TEU vs 388 thousand TEU in 2019.

Shipments by box cars went up by 9% to 17,917 units.

Shipments in box cars, units
Shipments in box cars, units
Rail Division’s key operating indicators
Indicator 2017 2018 2019 2020 YoY change, %
Rolling stock, units 12,969 11,925 12,723 8,200 (36)
Rail container transportation, k TEU 270 340 388 471 21
Shipments in box cars, units 20,179 14,231 16,372 17,917 9