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Old December 22nd, 2004, 02:09 AM   #1
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Russian Railways, Siemens sign 2 billion euro deal

Siemens to develop high-speed trains for Russia

21 December 2004

SCHLESWIG - German electrical engineering giant Siemens and the Russian Railways company signed a preliminary agreement on Tuesday for the joint development of high-speed trains for Russia.

The signing came on the periphery of the German-Russian consultations in the northern German town of Schleswig.

Siemens chairman Heinrich von Pierer said the cooperation envisions about 60 trains with a potential value of EUR 1.5 billion.

The technology will be based on Siemens' high-speed "Inter City Express" (ICE), but most of the trains themselves will be built in Russia, Pierer said.

"In 2007 the first train will be operating

between Moscow and St. Petersburg," he said.

The agreement came after the German and Russian delegations, with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and President Vladimir Putin, had ridden the latest version of the ICE train, the ultra-modern ICE3, on the 100-kilometre stretch between the northern port city of Hamburg and Schleswig.

Russian Railways chief executive Gennadi Fadeyev added: "By the end of 2007, we will be operating trains similar to the ICE3."

In another development, Russian Railways company and the German railway, Deutsche Bahn, signed a joint venture agreement for a Baltic regional railroad tourism project to be based in Kaliningrad.

The joint venture aims at establishing rail tourism services between Berlin and St. Petersburg, with stops along the way to include Kaliningrad and the capitals of the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Deutsche Bahn officials also said that the two sides aim to deepen their cooperation in the area of rail cargo. They said a joint venture is soon to be set up in Russia.

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Old December 22nd, 2004, 09:26 AM   #2
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The joint venture aims at establishing rail tourism services between Berlin and St. Petersburg, with stops along the way to include Kaliningrad and the capitals of the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
This is something what caught my attention when reading these news. In fact, there is speed rail project in preparation in Baltics... But up to now there was no plan to link it with Kaliningrad.
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Of course.. I think the last thing the baltic countries would do is link a part of russia to a prestige project of their own..
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Old December 22nd, 2004, 12:42 PM   #4
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No, you should not think this way. There are continuous attempts to involve Russia in regional cooperation projects (neighbour of Latvia is Pskov region) but they are quite hard to move. Over the last years municipality of Moscow has been quite good cooperation partner for Riga, coming with interesting initiatives. There is heard ranting of our politicians but the real cooperation is not that loud, it is just happening.

Route through Kaliningrad would make the road much shorter. Any time when I have to go from Latvia to Western Europe - it takes lots of time to go around Kaliningrad district. In my opinion future high-speed railway from St. Petersburg and Baltics to Western Europe should have two options - through Warsaw and through Kaliningrad+Gdansk. The same about highways. Hope that countries will agree on this.
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Old December 22nd, 2004, 01:54 PM   #5
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In another development, Russian Railways company and the German railway, Deutsche Bahn, signed a joint venture agreement for a Baltic regional railroad tourism project to be based in Kaliningrad.

The joint venture aims at establishing rail tourism services between Berlin and St. Petersburg, with stops along the way to include Kaliningrad and the capitals of the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
Yes, that one is going to run with Spanish-built Talgo trains, which are capable of running on both standard-gauge tracks in Western/Central Europe and the wide-gauge tracks in the former Soviet Union.

Here's a pic of such a train on a test run in Kaliningrad Oblast:



Not really high speed though.
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