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Old March 8th, 2014, 05:08 PM   #61
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10 consortia interested in Moscow - Kazan high speed line
08 Mar 2014

RUSSIA: More than 400 representatives from 150 companies including the major international suppliers, consultancies and investors attended an industry day for the Moscow - Kazan high speed line project which was held in Moscow on March 4.

After appointing the Lengiprotrans Design Institute to undertake initial studies for high speed lines from Moscow to St Petersburg, Adler or Kazan, Russian Railways has selected a 770 km Moscow - Vladimir - Nizhny Novgorod - Kazan route for its pilot project. RZD says this corridor would serve regions where 20% of the total population of Russia live.

RZD's high speed rail development subsidiary set out the organisational, legal and financial models which could be used to undertake the project, and said 10 consortia were ready to undertake further discussions.

The high speed line would be 'the first major infrastructure project in the railway industry in Russia implemented through public-private partnership', according to RZD First Vice-President Alexander Misharin. 'For the first time in modern railway construction, we will apply a concession mechanism which should contribute to the effectiveness of the interaction between all participants'.

The alignment would be designed for speeds up to 400 km/h, giving an end-to-end journey time of 3½ h. Ridership is estimated at 10·5 million passengers/year by 2020, and last year the total cost of the project was estimated at 928bn roubles.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 09:02 AM   #62
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20 mln, not 20%

But actually even less – around 18 mln. That would be 13%. Current project is highly ineffective – most stations planned on far outskirts. Some even further. Over 20 km of 150+ thous Kovrov and over 30 km of 750+ thous Cheboksary. Most stations won't have interchanges with conventional rail. Even station in Moscow is supposed to be in the middle of nowhere with no connection to metro and on one rail line that doesn't have urban service.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 02:02 PM   #63
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What? It makes no sense whatsoever to open a new outlaying station for the high-speed rail? Especially in such a sprawling city as Moscow.
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Old March 31st, 2014, 07:06 PM   #64
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On the 22nd March 2014, PM Dmitriy Medvedev signed a bill which rewrites Russia's Federal Transport Territorial Planning Scheme for HSR Moscow-Nizhniy Novgorod-Kazan. Link in Russian

The construction of new HSR line includes rebuilding of Moscow Kurskiy, Nizhniy Novgorod Moskovskiy and Kazan-2 stations, station construction in Noginsk, Orehovo-Zuyevo, Petushki, Vladimir, Kovrov, Dzerzhinsk, Nizhniy Novgorod Airport, Cheboksary and Pomary, three service stations and 17 signal boxes
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Old October 13th, 2014, 04:01 PM   #65
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Today Russia and China signed memorandum of development of high speed rail lines in Russia. Link in Russian
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Old October 14th, 2014, 06:12 PM   #66
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China, Russia sign deals on energy, high-speed railways


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev after signing a joint communique on the 19th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers in Moscow, capital of Russia, Oct. 13, 2014. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

MOSCOW, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia on Monday inked a host of cooperation deals ranging from finance and investment to energy and high-speed railways.

Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, witnessed the signing of the about 40 agreements after holding the 19th China-Russia Prime Ministers' Regular Meeting.

The documents, including governmental accords and business contracts, also cover trade, people-to-people exchanges, advanced technology, satellite navigation, currency swap and customs.

A local currency swap deal worth 150 billion yuan (24.4 billion U.S. dollars) between the central banks of China and Russia was among the documents signed, according to a statement issued by the People's Bank of China.

The three-year agreement, extendable on mutual consent, is expected to facilitate bilateral trade and direct investment between the two countries.

The frequent meetings between the two countries' leaders fully indicate that the relations between China and Russia are strategic, stable and for the long run, Li said in the talks with Medvedev.

Further strengthening bilateral cooperation, he added, will benefit both the two major emerging economies themselves and world peace and development at large.

China stands ready to work with Russia to translate their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination into more fruits of practical cooperation, said the premier.

China, he added, would like to enhance cooperation with Russia on major investment projects in such areas as mining, chemical industry, agriculture and infrastructure construction.

On the trade front, China has been Russia's largest partner for the past four consecutive years. Two-way trade reached 89.2 billion dollars last year and plans are afoot to raise the volume to 100 billion dollars by 2015.

China is also ready to advance the establishment of a Eurasian high-speed transport corridor linking Beijing and Moscow, Li said, adding that the current priority should be the high-speed railway between Moscow and Kazan.

Regarding energy cooperation, the Chinese premier said Beijing will deepen cooperation with Moscow in nuclear power and energy in an integrated way that covers upstream, midstream and downstream industries.

Since its establishment 65 years ago, the diplomatic relationship between the two neighboring giants has now reached an "all-time high point," with frequent high-level visits, surging trade and investment and an increasing number of large-scale projects.

Li also encouraged the two sides to further enhance people-to-people exchanges and jointly mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year.

For his part, Medvedev said Russia is willing to promote two-way large-scale investment and advance cooperation with China in areas including transportation infrastructure and aviation.

Russia and China are close friends and partners, he said.

A joint communique issued after the pair's meeting said the two countries agree to open their markets wider to each other and stand against trade protectionism.

In the document, China and Russia pledge to continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning their core interests, and call for reform of the international economic and financial system to meet the needs of the real economy.

They will also expand cooperation in such areas as civil aviation, aircraft manufacturing and peaceful use of nuclear power, said the communique.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 11:05 PM   #67
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He got a nice CRH380B model.



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Old October 17th, 2014, 06:07 AM   #68
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I want the *big* model.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 08:01 AM   #69
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I want the small one, to put on my desk.
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Old November 4th, 2014, 03:37 AM   #70
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I want the small one, to put on my desk.
They will appear in H0 for sure. That train between Moscow and St. Petersburg is also for sale at Roco.
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Old November 17th, 2014, 03:03 PM   #71
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Sapsan sets record for world’s longest high-speed train
14 NOV, 2014

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A dual formation Sapsan train has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest high-speed train in the world.

Built by Siemens, 20-car Russian gauge train, which already holds the record of being the fastest train on Russia’s national rail network, measured 500 metres and 78 centimetres.

In August, Russian Railways (RZD) began operating the dual formation Sapsan train to increase capacity on the Moscow-St Petersburg route

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Old December 24th, 2014, 04:37 PM   #72
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Russia allocates Roubles 6bn to HSL
Wednesday, December 24, 2014



THE Russian government will allocate Russian Railways (RZD) Roubles 6bn ($US 108.3m) from the 2015 federal budget for the 770km Moscow - Kazan high-speed project

Russian prime minister Mr Dmitry Medvedev announced the funding during a meeting with the deputy prime minister, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich, on December 23. The funds are set to go towards survey work and design for the project. Bidding will take place in 2015 to identify a contractor to carry out this work, which, after project approval is secured, will be followed by the start of construction.

"Travel times between Moscow and Kazan as a result of this project will be reduced by four times," Medvedev says. "Foreign investors have shown great interest in the project, including our Chinese partners. The task is to quickly conduct engineering surveys and develop project documentation to decide on the financial model of the project"

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http://siberiantimes.com/business/investment/news/n0136-new-details-emerge-about-high-speed-rail-link-from-moscow-to-beijing

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Possible route could see 400km/hour bullet train pass through heart of Siberia and Altai region with stops in major cities.

Further details of the proposed high-speed railway to link Moscow and Beijing through Siberia in just 33 hours have been unveiled. The 20.5billion rouble project will see a new 400km/hr line running between the capital cities in a venture that would eclipse the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway.

During the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum last week, it was revealed that two potential options for the routing of the track are being considered.

Alexander Misharin, the First Vice-President of Russian Railways, said talks were taking place about going through either Kazakhstan or across the Altai region.

He said: 'There are two ways: through Kazakhstan, and our colleagues there are already planning that, and the second option through Barnaul and Novosibirsk, and through the Altai. The difference in the routes is 290km.'

A third option is to take the Eurasian rail link through Mongolia, allowing it to stop at Krasnoyarsk. But the current focus is on the first part of the route between Moscow and Kazan.

The project was announced back in October 2014 and both sides began to work on ways to bring it to fruition. Later this month Russian authorities will announce a competition to design the first section of the route to Kazan.

The total cost of the ambitious project is 20.5billion roubles, with six billion roubles being allocated this year alone.

When it is eventually completed, the journey time between Moscow and Beijing would be slashed from six days to around 33 hours. Going south of the current Trans-Siberian route, it would also link both cities to the Kazakhstan capital Astana.
According to Misharin the track width of the Russian part of high-speed railway will meet national standards of 1520 mm instead of the 1435 mm standard adopted in China and Europe. That will mean passengers having to change trains at the border with China.

Another major hurdle was overcome when both countries came to an agreement about the construction of the new high-speed bullet trains themselves. Mr Misharin said that the Chinese companies will choose a partner in Russia from two of the leading engineering companies, Transmashholding and Ural Locomotives.

A number of people still have misgivings about the project, however, particularly at a time in which Russia is heading towards another recession.

Alexey Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, had not wanted to allocate money from National Welfare Fund saying that it was risky, while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed to postpone it until a period when there was more cash available to fund the line.

But, Russia is under slight pressure to complete their side of the track with the Chinese section of the link almost completed already.

Last month officials in Beijing also expressed an interest in building a high-speed line from the manufacturing city of HunChun to Vladivostok. The 250km/h link would cut the current five-hour car journey to just an hour or so by train, and help drive new business and tourism between the two countries.

Located on the border of China, Russia and North Korea, with a population of 250,000, HunChun enjoys a strategic location with the city strong in the development of sea food processing, electronics, bio-pharmacy and textiles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been vocal about increasing ties with China and other Asian countries.

Last year it emerged China is keen on expanding its railways, roads, and shipping routes to give faster connections across Asia to Europe. Officials in Beijing announced a $16.3billion fund to finance construction of a mega trading highway that would revive the centuries-old Silk Road route.
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Old March 5th, 2015, 10:16 AM   #74
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Possible route could see 400km/hour bullet train pass through heart of Siberia and Altai region with stops in major cities.

Further details of the proposed high-speed railway to link Moscow and Beijing through Siberia in just 33 hours have been unveiled. The 20.5billion rouble project will see a new 400km/hr line running between the capital cities in a venture that would eclipse the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway.

According to Misharin the track width of the Russian part of high-speed railway will meet national standards of 1520 mm instead of the 1435 mm standard adopted in China and Europe. That will mean passengers having to change trains at the border with China.
Is any work being done on the option of building variable gauge high speed trains?
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But, Russia is under slight pressure to complete their side of the track with the Chinese section of the link almost completed already.
Um, where? There is a gaping void between Baoji and Lanzhou. And Lanzhou-Urumqi railway is 200 km/h, not 400.
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Last month officials in Beijing also expressed an interest in building a high-speed line from the manufacturing city of HunChun to Vladivostok. The 250km/h link would cut the current five-hour car journey to just an hour or so by train, and help drive new business and tourism between the two countries.

Located on the border of China, Russia and North Korea, with a population of 250,000, HunChun enjoys a strategic location with the city strong in the development of sea food processing, electronics, bio-pharmacy and textiles.
That one makes perfect sense. China needs Haishenwei.
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Old March 5th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #75
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Is any work being done on the option of building variable gauge high speed trains?
Why would they? The entire Russian network is wide gauge, there are no cross border high speed services and wide gauge actually makes for more stable trains.

And those trains already exist: If they wanted to they could simply order a few Talgo 250's (aka Renfe S130).
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Old March 5th, 2015, 04:37 PM   #76
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Can't they make the track dual-gauge?
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Why would they? The entire Russian network is wide gauge, there are no cross border high speed services and wide gauge actually makes for more stable trains.
Are cross border high speed services desirable? Obviously regauging Russian railways is undesirable, and so is regauging Chinese network, but wouldn´t having some variable gauge high speed trains be preferrable to having to change trains at border?
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Old March 5th, 2015, 06:27 PM   #78
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When it comes to rail gauge, Russians are ****. It is a military decision. They will never change that.
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Old March 5th, 2015, 07:42 PM   #79
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When it comes to rail gauge, Russians are ****. It is a military decision. They will never change that.
I think the military reason for the Russians having a different gauge than the rest of Europe was so that a army invading by land couldn't use their trains on Russian tracks. I don't think that is still a military concern today.
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Old March 5th, 2015, 09:23 PM   #80
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Russia selected 1524mm gauge over 170 years ago, long before any military trains and it was made into standard in 1860.
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