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Old February 16th, 2006, 09:30 PM   #1
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FINLAND | High Speed Rail

Finnish, Russian railways plan joint venture for high-speed train link
15 February 2006

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) - Finnish and Russian state-owned railways plan a joint venture to open a high-speed train link between the two countries by 2008, officials said Wednesday.

The companies are currently negotiating the details and a decision is expected within several months, said Martti Makinen, spokesman for Finnish rail VR.

The link between the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg would cut the current 5 1/2-hour journey by at least two hours, Makinen said.

In Moscow, the deputy head of Russian state railways, Mikhail Akulov, said the company would be formed by April 1. He told ITAR-Tass news agency that Italian-made Pendolino trains would be used in the initial stages of the venture.

Annually, some 270,000 passengers travel by VR to Russia, mostly to St. Petersburg.

Finland, which was part of the czarist empire for a century, has the same railroad gauge as Russia -- slightly wider than most of Europe.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 12:02 AM   #2
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Cool, would it go down to Moscow eventually?
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Old February 17th, 2006, 03:00 PM   #3
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Cool, would it go down to Moscow eventually?
Hight speed railway system between Moscow and S.Peterstburg will be build by 2008, it is another project. If i'm not mistaken they're going to use russian train "Sokol" on this line.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 03:05 PM   #4
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Woow, great. This could make a nice extension of the Transiberian Express:
Helsinki-Sankt Petrburg-Moscow-Ulan Bator-Beijing!
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Old February 17th, 2006, 03:22 PM   #5
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...-Beijing-Shanghai-HK-Hanoi-Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore

Anyway, while nothing is built yet, it is enough of this old sh*t
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Old February 17th, 2006, 03:26 PM   #6
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That thing looks very cheap Wouldnt ride on that train.
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Old February 18th, 2006, 03:10 AM   #7
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@Maximushko
Sokol is cancelled project. It was long time ago. No new HSR line will be in near future. Present, normal line, support 200kmph. ER 200 (project of 70's on picture above) and Nevskiy Expresses reaches 205kmph and take about 4 hours to pass all 650km between Moscow and Piter. By 2008 line will be upgraded to 250kmph. Siemens will deliver 8 ICE trains in 2007.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:42 PM   #8
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Alstom in the race for link between Helsinki and St Petersburg

HELSINKI, May 25, 2007 (AFP) - French engineering group Alstom is in negotiations with the Finnish and Russian railways to provide three or four high speed trains for the route between Helsinki and St Petersburg, the Finnish news agency STT reported on Friday.

The management of the Finnish railways declined comment on the report, saying the tender was currently underway.

"We have not yet made a decision," Leena Linnamaki the head of communications at Finnish railway group VR told AFP.

The spokeswoman declined to reveal the names and number of companies in the bidding for the contract.

She said the name of the group should be revealed in June with a view to the service becoming operational from 2010.

Alstom's Pendolino train, which was conceived by Italy's Fiat before being bought in 2000 by the French company, would slash the journey time between the Finnish capital and Russia's former capital to three hours against five and a half hours at the moment.

The line would be operated by a joint company created last year by the Finnish and Russian railways.

Two trains run between the two cities every day and another train assures the link netween Helsinki and Moscow via St Petersburg.

The name Pendolino is derived from the Italian word for pendulum and the train leans over to handle curves at high speeds to counteract the centrifugal effect of going round a corner, just like a motorbike.

The system allows for speeds of up to 35 percent higher than standard trains on railroad lines that only have to be slightly modified, according to Alstom.
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Karelian Trains Class Sm6

The Sm6 Allegro is a high-speed train which runs between Helsinki, Finland, and St. Petersburg, Russia. The service started on 12 December 2010.[2][3] On board the inaugural service were Finnish president Tarja Halonen and Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin.[4]



VR Class Sm3

The Sm3 Pendolino (originally branded as Pendolino S220, and usually referred to simply as the Pendolino) is a class of high-speed body-tilting trains operated by VR Group. It is a member of the Pendolino train family; its design is based on the ETR 460. The first two trainsets were assembled in Finland by Rautaruukki-Transtech in the mid-1990s. The rest of the series of eighteen EMUs were built by FIAT Ferroviaria (later Alstom) between 2000 and 2006. The trains serve most of Finland's major cities such as Helsinki, Turku, Oulu and Joensuu with a maximum speed of 220 km/h (140 mph), although this speed is only attained between Kerava and Lahti. The train has a power output of 4,000 kW (5,400 hp) and weighs 328 tonnes (323 long tons; 362 short tons).
The Sm3 had a long prototype phase before the main series was ordered, with reliability issues being brought up by the press from time to time. Negative reporting continues to haunt the series' reputation. Reliability problems cannot be proven, as no statistics of specific train types are available. The train has not managed to cope with harsh Finnish weather conditions, and the time benefit of the tilting mechanism will not be taken into account in timetables of winter 2011–2012. Nevertheless, the Sm3 has also received positive feedback from passengers and has led to increased operating speeds on the Finnish rail network.

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Old October 6th, 2012, 10:44 PM   #10
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Have to try Allegro myself one day... AFAIK, people are satisfied
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