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Old March 14th, 2014, 12:29 PM   #1981
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Construction of 2·2 km Amur bridge begins
14 Mar 2014









ASIA: A ceremony on February 26 officially launched construction of a 2 209 m railway bridge across the River Amur or Heilong between Nizhneleninskoye in Russian's Jewish Autonomous Oblast and Tongjiang in China's Heilongjiang province. Construction is expected to take 2½ years, for opening in December 2016.

The bridge is intended to provide a much shorter rail route between the regions to support growing traffic between China and Russia, and will have a greater capacity than the existing ships and seasonal pontoon road crossing. Traffic is predicted to start at 5·2 million tonnes/year and grow to 20 million tonnes/year.

The bridge has been designed by Institut Giprostroymost to meet both Russian and Chinese standards. It will carry gauntletted 1 435 mm and 1 520 mm gauge tracks, offset by 800 mm and thus allowing only a single train to cross at once.

The two governments signed an agreement to build the bridge in October 2008.

Heilongjiang province and China Railway Corp will provide US$422m for the Chinese portion of the bridge and associated works, while Russia's Far East & Baikal Region Development Fund is supporting the US$500m cost of works on the Russian side. This will include an upgrade of the branch to Nizhneleninskoye from Birobidzhan on the Trans-Siberian line
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Old March 14th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #1982
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Interesting. Why aren't they building a bridge in Blagoveshchensk / Heihe instead? There you have two relatively large cities on both side of the Amur River.

Will the new bridge also have passenger service?
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Old March 17th, 2014, 03:40 AM   #1983
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I think this is mostly for freight.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 12:30 PM   #1984
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Interesting. Why aren't they building a bridge in Blagoveshchensk / Heihe instead? There you have two relatively large cities on both side of the Amur River.
Because there is no use for railway connection in that spot. Local freight traffic is almost negligible. Traffic either goes west towards european Russia or east to Russian ports at the Sea of Japan. Western traffic is serviced by connection in western Manchuria that is also being upgraded these days. This new bridge will shorten the way to Khabarovsk and northeastern port of Sovetskaya Gavan'. And Blagoveschensk would be a huge detour for all of these directions.

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Old April 16th, 2014, 05:07 PM   #1985
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Start of assembly for Moscow airport trains
15.04.2014



Altenrhein, Switzerland: The first of 25 double-decker multiple-unit trains for Russian rail operator Aeroexpress are at the final assembly stage at Swiss rail vehicle manufacturer Stadler. Aeroexpress and Stadler celebrated the official start of assembly today by presenting four ready carbodies to guests from politics, business partners of the companies, representatives of the Russian and Swiss mass media. During the tour on the Stadler plant guests visited production capacities and were shown all manufacturing stages.

As of the middle of 2015, the trains will operate on the commuter railway lines between the centre of Moscow and the three international airports of Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo and Domodedovo. The first three trains will be fully assembled in Switzerland. As of the fourth train, carriage body production and final assembly will take place at the new Stadler factory in Minsk. In February 2013, Aeroexpress ordered 16 four-carriage and 9 six-carriage double-decker multiple-unit trains from Stadler, which are to be delivered by the end of 2016.

Peter Spuhler, owner and CEO of Stadler Rail Group, underlines the importance of the order: “This second order from Russia represents an important milestone in the history of the company. Our trains already have a very good reputation in many countries in Europe. The new trains will allow passengers arriving by plane to avoid sitting in the infamous Moscow traffic and head straight to the city centre on our trains. This is something we are very proud of”.

The Stadler Rail Group has become a strategic partner for Aeroexpress after participating and winning an international tender in Moscow in 2013. The parties signed the contract in May last year. The contract includes the supply of 25 double deck KISS type trains, out of which 16 units will be four-car and 9 will be six-car vehicles. The contract is worth in total EUR 685 million (including VAT), by the frames of which altogether 118 railcars will be produced by Stadler. The new double-deck fleet will allow a 30-40% increase in the transport capacity of Aeroexpress trains.

“We hope for successful passing the certification in Russia by this rolling stock and its fastest start of commercial operation. Aeroexpress is one of the few private Russian railway carriers, buying a new rolling stock at own expense. We took an active part while designing and engineering and continue to interact with the Stadler at all production stages, —Alexey Sorokin, the chief operating officer of Aeroexpress, announced at a press conference in Altenrhein. — This outstanding project is entirely for the sake of passengers convenience, as our research revealed that in 2015 we couldn't provide our passengers with high level of comfort with the existing annual increase in a passenger traffic and remained schedule. Introducing new double-deck trains is a logical solution, allowing us to not only significantly enlarge our trains’ seating capacity, but also provide our passengers with even greater comfort during their journey”.

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The new trains are based on the established Stadler KISS. However, the sheer size of the Russian models makes them different from the KISS vehicles produced to date. The track gauge is 1,520 millimetres (compared to 1,435 millimetres in Western Europe). While the trains in Western Europe are normally 2,800 millimetres wide, the new double-deckers are 3,400 millimetres wide. With a height of 5,240 millimetres (compared to 4,500 millimetres in the West), the vehicles are considerably larger all round.

The trains are designed to cope with the specific Russian climate, which can range from –50 degrees Celsius to +40 degrees Celsius and in this respect are based on the FLIRT vehicles delivered to Finland, Norway, Estonia and Belarus. The trains will have a speed of 160 km/h and have comfortable, bright interiors in two classes (business and economy). The carriages are made from lightweight aluminium, which makes the vehicles much lighter than the traditional steel carriages. The reduced weight means that the train operator can make significant energy savings on everyday services.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 06:17 PM   #1986
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Russian Railways takes delivery of first Talgo
08 May 2014


RZD’s first Talgo trainset was at Moscow Kievskaya depot, photo by Andrey Leshkevich

RUSSIA: The first of seven trainsets which RZD's Federal Passenger Co ordered from Patentes Talgo in June 2011 has been delivered to Moscow. Following trials at the Shcherbinka test circuit, entry into revenue service is planned for later this year.

Four 1 520 mm gauge Talgo trainsets are to be deployed on Moscow – Kyiv services, while three gauge-changing trainsets will be equipped to operate on 1 520 mm and 1 435 mm gauge on the Moscow – Minsk – Warszawa – Berlin route, eliminating the need to change bogies at Brest.

The aluminium-bodied trainsets are designed for operation at up to 200 km/h, with passive tilt and pneumatic suspension offering improved comfort compared to existing stock
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Old May 8th, 2014, 10:49 PM   #1987
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Old May 12th, 2014, 10:42 PM   #1988
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Hello from Serbia!

What is the current status of Amur-Yakutsk mainline?
Is railroad completed till Nizhny Bestakh?
Electrified?
What part is used for passenger transport?
Is there freight transport on the whole route?

Btw, Lastochka in Sochi is great!
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Old May 13th, 2014, 06:51 AM   #1989
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Hello from Serbia!

What is the current status of Amur-Yakutsk mainline?
Is railroad completed till Nizhny Bestakh?
Electrified?
What part is used for passenger transport?
Is there freight transport on the whole route?

Btw, Lastochka in Sochi is great!
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The line is being prepared for regular operation, permafrost requires a lot of service operation before taking heavy loads.
Yes.
No electrification yet, this is very distant perspective.
Up to Tommot.
Not yet, commercial freight operations are scheduled to start in July, passenger in December or early 2015.
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Old May 20th, 2014, 02:58 PM   #1990
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Tver unveils proposed EMU
20 May 2014






Tver Carriage Works EG2Tv electric multiple-unit mock-up

RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works unveiled a mock-up of a planned modular electric multiple-unit family on May 15, and expects to test two prototypes later this year.

The EG2Tv is intended to combine modern technology similar to that used by foreign rolling stock manufacturers with the Tver plant’s lower costs and century of experience of Russian operating conditions.

The exterior and interior design has been developed by Spanish firm Integral Design & Development. Customers would be able to specify units of four to 12 cars, with interiors configured for local, regional, long distance or airport shuttle services. A basic seven-car set could have a capacity of 1 250 passengers, with spaces for wheelchairs and an accessible toilet. Maximum speeds between 120 km/h and 160 km/h will be offered, and a 250 km/h option is planned.

The 3 kV DC overhead electric unit would be rated at 5·2 MW, with the motor cars having an axleload of 21·5 tonnes and trailer cars 19 tonnes. The design life would be at least 40 years
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 02:35 PM   #1991
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Evraz ships its first 100 m rails
02 Jun 2014

RUSSIA: Rail manufacturer Evraz ZSMK announced on June 2 that it had dispatched its first batch of 100 m long head-hardened rails for Russian Railways.

This follows the completion of an 18bn rouble modernisation of its rail and beam mill which began in 2009. The upgrade has increased the plant’s output capacity to 950 000 tonnes of rail per year, including 450 000 tonnes of long rails. The company received its certification to supply head-hardened rail in November 2013.

The first batch of 100 m long head-hardened R65 DT-350 rails has been supplied to RZD for use on the October Railway main line between Moscow and St Petersburg. RZD specifies long rails for speeds above 160 km/h, but had to use imported rails when upgrading this route for 250 km/h Sapsan services. Evraz says that it is the only manufacturer in Russia and the CIS, and only the third in the world, which can supply long lengths of head-hardened rail.

‘This is another high technology product added to our portfolio that complies with advanced quality standards. Not only will it help us reinforce our home market position, but it will enable us to find new export opportunities’, said Ilya Shirokobrod, Evraz Vice-President and Head of the Railway Products Division.

He added that Evraz expects to achieve certification by the end of this year for its DT350CC rails, which have been developed for use on high speed lines with speeds up to 350 or 400 km/h. ‘To this end, the rails have successfully passed the laboratory tests, and a pilot delivery of these rails has already been made’ to the All-Russian Railway Research Institute’s test centre at Shcherbinka for in-track trials
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New high speed tracks sound interesting, are they perhaps considering pushing Sapsan up to 330km/h on Moscow-Piter as I heard rumors of long ago?

And while I'm at it, are there other high speeders in the pipeline?
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New high speed tracks sound interesting, are they perhaps considering pushing Sapsan up to 330km/h on Moscow-Piter as I heard rumors of long ago?

And while I'm at it, are there other high speeders in the pipeline?
Moscow-St. Petersburg HSR-separated line is now not a priority. The first HSR line in Russia will be between Moscow, Vladimir and Kazan. But line is needed to be approved
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New high speed tracks sound interesting, are they perhaps considering pushing Sapsan up to 330km/h on Moscow-Piter as I heard rumors of long ago?

And while I'm at it, are there other high speeders in the pipeline?
200 km/h Talgo train on Moscow-Minsk-Berlin-Paris route.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 04:06 PM   #1995
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One interesting aspect is to increase speeds towards smaller cities.

For example it seems now that Petrozavodsk in Karelia will get a fast service to Saint Petersburg using some of the "Swallow" trains that were designated for Olympic services. The journey time will be 4½ hours which is about half the current time.

Here's a link in Russian about it: http://itar-tass.com/spb-news/1002260
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For example it seems now that Petrozavodsk in Karelia will get a fast service to Saint Petersburg using some of the "Swallow" trains that were designated for Olympic services. The journey time will be 4½ hours which is about half the current time.
This information is a bit wrong in numbers. First, new train's journey time is 4:55, not 4½ hours.

Second, other trains take 6:33, 6:38, 6:46 to travel from Petrozavodsk to St. Petersburg. In fact, the longest is 7:44, and it's a night train, it has to be slower - to not arrive too early in the morning. So, in no way the "Swallow" on this route goes two times faster. In fact, old trains' average speed on this route is 55 km/h, while Swallow's is 74 km/h.
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Talgo trains to replace Sapsan on Nizhny Novgorod route
11 Jun 2014


RZD’s first Talgo trainset at Moscow Kievskaya depot, photo by Andrey Leshkevich


The Siemens Sapsan trainsets are to be concentrated on the Moscow – St Petersburg route

RUSSIA: The Talgo rolling stock which is currently under construction for Federal Passenger Co will replace Siemens Sapsan trainsets on the Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod route, Russian Railways announced on June 11.

The Sapsan trainsets, designated Velaro RUS by the manufacturer, are to be concentrated on the Moscow – St Petersburg route. This will enable the provision of a regular-interval service which RZD President Vladimir Yakunin said would enable rail to compete with all modes of transport including buses.

Three of the seven trainsets being supplied by Patentes Talgo will be equipped with gauge changing equipment for use on the Moscow – Minsk – Warszawa – Berlin route from December 2015, while four 1 520 mm gauge sets will run on the domestic routes. It had previously been envisaged that these trainsets would be used on Moscow – Kyiv services.

The first trainset is currently undergoing certification and acceptance tests at the VNIIZhT circuit at Shcherbinka near Moscow, where it was inspected on June 10 by Yakunin and Patentes Talgo President José María Oriol. The trainset is expected to complete its test programme in September. Two cars will also be tested at the Rail Tec Arsenal climate chamber in Wien.
And another photo of Talgo train, courtesy of NTV:

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Old June 11th, 2014, 05:49 PM   #1998
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What kind of locomotives will pull the Talgo trainsets? On the picture above, it is seen pulled by a TEP70 for testing, but I assume these trainsets will have electric locomotives on the Moscow - Nizhni Novgorod route? And what speed are these Talgo capable of?
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And what speed are these Talgo capable of?
Up to 160 km/h
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Actually - 200.
Locomotives - EP10 (vmax=160), EP20 (vmax=200).
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