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Old October 15th, 2013, 04:54 PM   #201
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I have no clue how much "patronage" there is on that particular train between Kiev and intermediate stops towards Uzhgorod.
These were most likely all grey RZD-Cars? I was on train 16 from Budapest to Moscow a few weeks ago, the cars from Uzhhorod to Moscow were almost full after Kiev.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #202
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The train are formed by RZD (Russian railways), so it may be composed of any number of cars, as long it doesn't exceed 20 cars (including through cars to 1435 network) and the RZD keep paying.

And yes, that is what I meant by 'epic'. It's not worn out - it's has strategically dismantled passenger cabin, so custom controls wouldn't dismantle it every time it passes border. Most of Ukrainian trains to Poland was cancelled due to fact that polish custom deputies doesn't bother with correct dismantling of train - they just torn passenger cabin apart...
And I totally love this piece of crap on wheels for being able to meet some really intresting/strange people there.
And 30 min wait is totally ok for this train - the scheduled time of trip is about 1 hour, the actual in "pedal to metal" mode would take about 30 min - Chop and Chierna are only 10 km apart.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #203
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And yes, that is what I meant by 'epic'. It's not worn out - it's has strategically dismantled passenger cabin, so custom controls wouldn't dismantle it every time it passes border. Most of Ukrainian trains to Poland was cancelled due to fact that polish custom deputies doesn't bother with correct dismantling of train - they just torn passenger cabin apart...
And I totally love this piece of crap on wheels for being able to meet some really intresting/strange people there.
And 30 min wait is totally ok for this train - the scheduled time of trip is about 1 hour, the actual in "pedal to metal" mode would take about 30 min - Chop and Chierna are only 10 km apart.
You´re right it´s a possibility to meet strange people ...
In this case it was a slovak car but I guess ZSSK handles this customs problem in the same way as PKP.

I didn´t mind about the 30 mins wait at the checkpoint which is surely common under similar circumstances everywhere.
In fact we waited another 10-15 mins before we left the border checkpoint.
So, even though the train runs slow we were still on time in Chop which means true travel time from Cierna to Chop without any stop would be like 20 mins (still a lot if you consider the distance but the train runs barely faster than a bicycle most of the time ...)
Just found it strange that the (slovak) customs officers spend 30 mins "investigating" the japanese guys passport.
Seems to be a very boring job at the border to Chop and they tried to show some activity ...
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Old October 15th, 2013, 10:56 PM   #204
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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
I tried and failed to get into Slovakia using this train a few years ago. I got to Chop on the sleeper from Lviv, only to find this train was in about 12 hours time. Eventually I got a taxi to Slemence, waited for the border to open then crossed on foot, then got a bus to Michalovce and a train to Kosice. I was quite happy with this as it was an interesting place to visit.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 04:34 PM   #205
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South station in Dniepropetrovsk is the second main station in the city. Opened in 1929, there are only few trains departing from here. The building itself is typical Soviet building of 30ies:

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Next to the station is some kind of the subway:

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Although it's not a subway, it's personnel only entrance:

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Inside the building, large but empty waiting room:

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Doors to the staff rooms

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The only ATM in the station:

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Ticket offices:

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The left-luggage office:

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Stairs to the toilet:

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Exit to the tracks:

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The paper schedule, masked as an electronic:

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Another ticket office:

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Platform 1:

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Stairs to the second platform:

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And Platform 2 itself:

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In fact, there are 4 tracks, but after this point, tracks changed into one track. That's because of single-track Merefo-Kherson rail bridge over Dniepro:

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Old October 20th, 2013, 08:02 PM   #206
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Today I'm going to speak about Dniepropetrovsk Central Station. The modern station was built in 1951 by architect Alexey Dushkin, the author of Mayakovskaya metro station in Moscow. The reason why I'm speaking about is this station soon to be transformed into a station with two exits, like it was done in Kiev or Donetsk. I can't copy the renders from the website, so instead here is link of the news (in Russian).

Here is the front view of the station:

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And here we inside the hall:

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The chandelier:

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Platform 1. From here express trains to and from Kiev are departed and arrived:

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This is the subway:

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Platform 2:

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Platform 3:

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And some parts of reconstruction are already underway, as part of subway in now closed:

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Platform 4

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Rebuilding platform 5:

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From the station bridge

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Utility works also underway:

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The other side of the bridge:

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Utility works again

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Run-through freight tracks:

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Next pictures are the views of the station's depot:

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This is due to be replaced by a new bridge. This one is built as connector for depot workers:

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The border between different pavements on the bridge. The wooden section is started:

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One of the few bridges to the depot offices, now closed:

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The columns as for me like in New York City:

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The end of the bridge:

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Krasnozavodskaya street, just north from station, near Dnieper embankment:

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Stairs to the street. Most of the street is full of warehouses and factories:

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The bridge itself:

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This tram stop is not by coincidence - this is the point of where will the new station square be, as of project:

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And finally, the freight train passes the station. Video of mine:

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Old November 2nd, 2013, 07:48 PM   #207
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Tunnelnaya railway halt in Dniepropetrovsk. Located around cottages and dachas and named after Tunnel arroyo - forest near living districts. Arroyo named itself after tunnel under Zaporozhe highway. Here is the link:

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Stairs towards cottages and dachas:

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Timetable with train arrival. Actually incorect - trains are always arrive late on this sections:

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My bag on the brench:

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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:40 PM   #208
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Thanks for the photos! The main station looks really nice and well modernized.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 07:33 PM   #209
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Thanks for the photos! The main station looks really nice and well modernized.
Indeed. The main station was refurbished in early noughties. But in few years time this hall will be changed along the station.
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Old November 4th, 2013, 07:44 PM   #210
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This is Ksenevka railway halt in Dniepropetrovsk. Located in the Igren district on left bank of Dnieper river:

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Pedestrian crossing:

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Not straight platform. Mind the gap:

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One more crossing:

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Stairs to the street level:

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Third track is less used:

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Viewing platform:

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Another exit:

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And this is Nizhdnedneprovsk railway station again on the left bank of Dnieper. Located near Pravdy avenue - one of the most important roads in Dniepropetrovsk. This is also the first ever station in the city - it was built in 1873:

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Pravdynsky viaduct over tracks:

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Crossing:

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Exit from the station with ticket gates, which is very rarely found in our country:

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Towards freight tracks

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Ticket gates:

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Staff entrance:

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Station building:

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Waiting hall:

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Schedule:

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Subway. There is no connection from subway to any of platforms:

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I think, this is the most mysterious subway in the city. There is a feeling that a raper is behind you - so round, so old:

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Exit from subway:

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Old November 23rd, 2013, 11:15 PM   #211
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Recently I walked along tracks between Obvodnaya and Voytsehovo railway stations in Dniepropetrovsk. Obvodnaya, Krasnopolie and Voytsehovo stations are rare used - 3 passenger trains per day and doesn't have platforms literally. Only names. Starting the walk from Obvodnaya station. It has only staff rooms and freight sidings:

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Station building:

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This platform for drivers:

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Kryvorizhskiy viaduct over rail tracks:

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Out of use platform. Trains are not stopped here:

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Site of Krasnopolie railway halt. The platform is absent:

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Voytsehovo station. All the same:

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Abandoned station building:

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Let's get inside:

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Former ticket booth:

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Old November 23rd, 2013, 11:24 PM   #212
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Why so many crappy pics? You love trash?
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 11:32 PM   #213
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Why so many crappy pics? You love trash?
No, I hate trash. I just want to show the situation this station building came into. It's my coverage of the rail life
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 11:44 PM   #214
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Do you think that people are interested to see the old abandoned small stations of the Soviet era?
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Do you think that people are interested to see the old abandoned small stations of the Soviet era?
Well, diggers and urban explorers are world-wide spread sub cultures, even holding regular international meetings and parties, so there is a good chances, that some people may be interested in abandoned sites.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 05:24 PM   #216
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Today on Railway Gazette:

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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/n...next-year.html

Moscow - Kyiv Talgo services to start next year

25 Nov 2013

EUROPE: The Federal Passenger Co business of Russia Railways and Ukrainian national railway UZ have agreed to introduce Talgo rolling stock on two daily Moscow - Kyiv services from the fourth quarter of 2014.

Patentes Talgo is currently finishing production of the first 20-car rake of coaches for RZD. This will have a total capacity of 414 passengers, with nine second and two first class seating cars, five sleeping cars, a restaurant car, a bar car and two generator cars. Delivery is scheduled for March 2014.

The new rolling stock is being designed for operation at up to 200 km/h, with passive tilt and pneumatic suspension to offer faster running speeds and ‘significantly’ improved passenger comfort. Other improvements planned to cut journey times on the 870 km route from around 9 h to about 7 h include the use of dual-voltage 3 kV DC/25 kV AC electric locomotives to eliminate loco changes at Sukhinichi, and carrying out border formalities while the train is on the move.

Federal Passenger Co’s future plans include the use of Talgo gauge-changing rolling stock on services from Moscow to Berlin, which would produce a significant time saving at the break of gauge at Brest on the border between Belarus and Poland.
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Update about rebuilding Platform 5 of Dniepropetrovsk Central Station:

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On this place there were stairs to the platform. Now it's gone:

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This land is used now like construction warehouse:

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Old December 8th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #218
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Do you think that people are interested to see the old abandoned small stations of the Soviet era?
And do you think that what people want to see is just an artificial creation of Ukrainian reality?

I know that there's something like shame because of those places waiting for renewal and, probably, having no chance for it, but don't think that someone may believe that in ex-socialist country perfect railway system works...
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And do you think that what people want to see is just an artificial creation of Ukrainian reality?
This forum is i.m.h.o. for updates in infrastructure & vehicles. On www.railfaneurope.net and www.parovoz.com you can posts pictures of the current state of railways.
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So we have different points of view. The name of this thread allows posting everything connected with Ukrainian railways, so there's nothing improper with dimlys's posts. I, for example, viewed all his photos with interest, bigger than when viewing 100th photo of Ukrainian Rotem trainset.

So when someone's posting photos of old locs and cars, the same mistake happens?

I guess that there's too big determination for showing Ukraine as strong and prosperous country, which isn't true at all...
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