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Old May 15th, 2013, 12:08 AM   #181
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180 is the loco-hauled train, with 55 seat-carriages:

Locos - ChS4 or ChS8.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #182
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New daily train between Chișinău, Moldova and Odessa, Ukraine

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Old May 31st, 2013, 09:31 AM   #183
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Could someone post pictures and/or information about the weekly train
Kharkov - Tashkent ? I plan to use this train next year and any info I can
get will be useful : consist, schedule, reliability, exact map of traject, etc...

Many thanks in advance !
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Old June 1st, 2013, 11:53 AM   #184
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Could someone post pictures and/or information about the weekly train
Kharkov - Tashkent ? I plan to use this train next year and any info I can
get will be useful : consist, schedule, reliability, exact map of traject, etc...

Many thanks in advance !
International trains on 1520 mm are pretty reliable - the Railroad are fined heavily in case of failure to deliver train to border station on time, so in case of any emergency dispatchers prefer to prioritise international trains over national.

Actual info on consist and route can be found in 1520 mm ticketing system "Express 3" - http://www.mza.ru/?exp=1
It's in russian, but the fields should be self explanatory. After entering desired stations of departure, arrival and date you will ve provided with the list of available trains, each with 3 buttons:
Свободные места в поезде - Seats available for reservation
Маршрут поезда - Train route & schedule
Схема состава поезда - Consist
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 09:52 AM   #185
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Thank you very much for the info, Xan. Would you happen to know a bit
more about the border crossings ? The railway lines in Ex-USSR have been
designed with no regard for the republic's borders, but now those have
become international boudaries... I know there are cases where railway lines
wander along those borders, crossing them more than once. The result is
that you need a multiple-entry visa to use them. I know I will need a transit
visa for Russia and Khazakstan, and a tourist visa for Uzbekistan. I'll certainly
ask for a multiple entry visa in Uzbekistan, but do I need that for Russia and
Khazakstan as well, this is what I'm trying to determine now...
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 12:06 PM   #186
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Well, a quick glance at 1520 mm map - http://parovoz.com/maps/supermap/supermap-small.png and at http://www.mza.ru/?exp=1 routing for train 395o as of 26.06.2013 reveals next border crossings:

1. Topoli (Ukraine -> Russia) 176 km
2. Ozinki (Russia -> Khazakstan) 1291 km
3. Sari-Agach (Khazakstan -> Uzbekistan) 3425 km
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Old June 13th, 2013, 04:00 AM   #187
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wheelchair access to Rotem trains

I have read that the new intercity+ trains have facilities for disabled.
I plan to travel on train 170 from Lviv to Kyiv next week, with my wife who is in a wheelchair.
Do you know if the stations in Kyiv are wheelchair accessible?
We just need a ramp or an elevator or an escalator from the platform to a street to take a taxi.

Which station is better for disabled, Kyiv Pas or Kyiv Darnitsa?

Thank you
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Old June 30th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #188
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Anybody willing to help finding train schedule ?

Maybe someone can help me sort out a "little" problem finding a schedule ...
I am struggling to get any results using UZ´s website.

I need to find out how I can go by train from Kryvyi Rih (Krivoy Rog) to Zaporozhye.
Looking at the maps there seems to be a direct train route covering the ~ 130 Kms. But I can´t get any info on schedules.
(I´m not worried regarding fares ...)

Alternatively there may be buses/coaches between both cities - any info on that (just in case)
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Old June 30th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #189
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Maybe someone can help me sort out a "little" problem finding a schedule ...
I am struggling to get any results using UZ´s website.

I need to find out how I can go by train from Kryvyi Rih (Krivoy Rog) to Zaporozhye.
Looking at the maps there seems to be a direct train route covering the ~ 130 Kms. But I can´t get any info on schedules.
(I´m not worried regarding fares ...)

Alternatively there may be buses/coaches between both cities - any info on that (just in case)
You can search most trains within Europe from bahn.de. It shows two direct trains taking 4½ hours.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #190
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Maybe someone can help me sort out a "little" problem finding a schedule ...
I am struggling to get any results using UZ´s website.

I need to find out how I can go by train from Kryvyi Rih (Krivoy Rog) to Zaporozhye.
Looking at the maps there seems to be a direct train route covering the ~ 130 Kms. But I can´t get any info on schedules.
(I´m not worried regarding fares ...)

Alternatively there may be buses/coaches between both cities - any info on that (just in case)
Of course there are trains.... I think you were just using the wrong names. If you don't find them in the booking application, the trains are sold out on that dates!

Here you go: http://uz.gov.ua/en/passengers/timet...y_route=Search
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Old August 4th, 2013, 06:02 PM   #191
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Well, I finally was able to book (did not consider the 45 day advance booking limit ...)
So, I booked a ticket Krivy Rih - Simferopol finally.
Paid 110,-UAH for the ticket (third class sleeper).
So, if I decide to go to Zaporozhye only I´ll just get off there as it´s on the route anyway.

Reason:
I am sort of airline/aviation fan an Motor Sich just introduced the YAK-40 again on the route Kiev-Kryvih Rih and Zaporozhye-Kiev is still with the AN-24 (occasionally AN-74). but I have only booked the flight to Krivyh Rih.
Not yet decided if I spend some more money for an extra trip on the AN-24 ...
My return flight home leaves from Simferopol so I just covered the gap.

Only one (probably minor) problem remains:
I will arrive in Chop (from Kosice/Slovakia) on september 4 early in the morning (00.30hrs) and I have a flight leaving Uzhgorod at 07.15hrs. As I´d like to be at the airport about 1hr before departure I am struggling to find a train that get´s me from Chop to Uzhgorod in good time.
The train (099) that leaves Chop at 06.25 is too late in Uzhgorod.

I know there is a train (INT15) leaving Chop at 03.55hrs but it seems I can´t make a reservation for it.
This train is coming from Moscow but it´s not shown on UZ´s booking website.
Any ideas if and how I can possibly book a ticket on that train ?
It´s timing would fit for me perfectly.

Alternatively there might be an Electrishka but the resp. website (Lviv region) mainly works only in Russian/Ukrainian language and I cannot find a suitable timetable. The Elektrishka routes´s schedules are listed but I am unable to determine which route covers the Chop-Uzhgorod section.
Anyone able to clarify for me ???

Oh, well if everything fails I´ll have to fork out more money and take a taxi ...
I guess 25Kms should still be bearable unless a driver tries to rip me off.
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Old August 4th, 2013, 08:51 PM   #192
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Well, 015 are RZD train, so it's kind of 'booked' for international rides, but all such "booking" are cancelled right at the departure moment, so you will be able to buy a Chop-Uzhgorod trip starting from September 2nd, 23.30 (Moscow time) - 2nd class without bed linen will cost about 60 UAH.
You can toy a bit with booking.uz.gov.ua to see, when and how many places are becoming available - for example, at the moment, there are 22 2nd class sleapers for 015 train 05.08.13, and 30 2nd class sleapers for 015 train 06.08.13, but none for any further dates.


Also, http://railway.lviv.ua/schedule/suburban/ indicates (upon entering ЧОП-ПАС. as "Станція 1" and УЖГОРОД as "Станція 2"), that there is a Elektrichka train #6516 - http://railway.lviv.ua/fileadmin/tra...d5/tro6515.txt that departs from Chop at 6:04 and arrives at Uzhgorod at 06:37
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Old August 4th, 2013, 09:41 PM   #193
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I know there is a train (INT15) leaving Chop at 03.55hrs but it seems I can´t make a reservation for it.
Perhaps it's possible to book it under a different number (as the INT15 continues to Budapest) to Uzhgorod? And does the RZD website allow you to book it?
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Perhaps it's possible to book it under a different number (as the INT15 continues to Budapest) to Uzhgorod? And does the RZD website allow you to book it?
Nope, you either should buy an Russia-Ukraine trip, or wait until departure fro0m Moscow, when all reservations are automaticly cancelled.
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Old August 4th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #195
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Well, 015 are RZD train, so it's kind of 'booked' for international rides, but all such "booking" are cancelled right at the departure moment, so you will be able to buy a Chop-Uzhgorod trip starting from September 2nd, 23.30 (Moscow time) - 2nd class without bed linen will cost about 60 UAH.
You can toy a bit with booking.uz.gov.ua to see, when and how many places are becoming available - for example, at the moment, there are 22 2nd class sleapers for 015 train 05.08.13, and 30 2nd class sleapers for 015 train 06.08.13, but none for any further dates.


Also, http://railway.lviv.ua/schedule/suburban/ indicates (upon entering ЧОП-ПАС. as "Станція 1" and УЖГОРОД as "Станція 2"), that there is a Elektrichka train #6516 - http://railway.lviv.ua/fileadmin/tra...d5/tro6515.txt that departs from Chop at 6:04 and arrives at Uzhgorod at 06:37
Thanks a lot !
The Elektrichka would still be too late to arrive at Uzhgorod as flight departure is 7.15 and I´d still need to get to the airport. I would have to be at the airport at 6.30 at latest ...
So, I´ll just have to be patient and wait until 1-2 days before departure of the Moscow train.
Even if that train has a heavy delay I´ll still have a sufficient time buffer left to go by taxi without rush. But of course I´d prefer to go by train.

Any guess how much the taxi would cost ?
After all Uzhgorod airport is only about 30 kms from Chop ...
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Well, taxi drivers at Chop proposed me to pay 100 UAH for 19 km - https://www.google.com/maps?t=m&ll=3...classic&dg=opt

I suppose I could negotiate into lower price, but I already had ticket for train, so I just politely refused from any taxi at all.
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Old October 14th, 2013, 09:30 PM   #197
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Prospektnaya station in Dnipropetrovsk. It was opened in 1929. The station named after Karl Marx avenue - city's main street, which is ends here. It's the last station before Merefo-Kherson bridge over Dnipro river. As the bridge, the station has single track.

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Well, taxi drivers at Chop proposed me to pay 100 UAH for 19 km - https://www.google.com/maps?t=m&ll=3...classic&dg=opt

I suppose I could negotiate into lower price, but I already had ticket for train, so I just politely refused from any taxi at all.
Well, I´m back already ...
I was able to book - as predicted - a seat on the international train Moskva-Uzhgorod on the Chop-Uzhgorod sector and the train was spot on time. Perfect.

So, I would like to thank for all the advice. Everything just turned out nice.
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Great, but is there a seat-car in that train? Never heeard of that one... Or are you just refering to a sleeper without prepaid bedding as 'seat'?

Anyway - chears for great journey!
And bonus point for using an 'epic' train from Chop to Chierna...
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Great, but is there a seat-car in that train? Never heeard of that one... Or are you just refering to a sleeper without prepaid bedding as 'seat'?

Anyway - chears for great journey!
And bonus point for using an 'epic' train from Chop to Chierna...
No, there´s no separate seat-car on the train.
Got assigned to a sleeper car where beds were already cleared and compartments switched to "daytime mode".
When I reserved the seat I could only choose from 2 different cars next to each other (car #28 and #29 IIRC).
I was impressed how many coaches the whole train had until Uzhgorod.(something like 10-12 ...)
Way too many for the number of passengers I saw leaving on arrival.
3-4 cars should have been more than sufficient for the number of passengers ...
UZ seems to prefer keeping the whole set of cars together for some reason.
I have no clue how much "patronage" there is on that particular train between Kiev and intermediate stops towards Uzhgorod.
It is probably worthwhile for UZ and only relatively short of Chop/Uzhgorod the train gets significantly emptier and it´s less hassle for them to keep the set as it is until final destination ...


Btw. the "train" from Cierna nad Tisou to Chop consisted (you may have guessed already) of a single worn out and run down daytime train car from Slovak Rail.
Besides me there was only a single passenger. A young Japanese guy with very limited English language skills let alone Ukrainian/Russian.
At the slovak border checkpoint customs/immigration were obviously irritated by the "rare" japanese passport and "investigated" ~ 30 mins almost taking up the whole calculated waiting time at the checkpoint.
What if a typical japanese tour group had decided to use that "train" ????
I guess I´d be still not at home by now

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