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Old May 4th, 2009, 06:20 AM   #381
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nice, looks like the place is frozen in time, still clean and sparsely populated.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 03:00 PM   #382
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Old May 4th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #383
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New Railway Speed Record Set in Russia.

The Sapsan high-speed electric train has covered the section from Okulovka to Mstinskiy Most at a speed of 281 km/hour.

“Russian Railways is continuing to test the Sapsan high-speed electric train. On 2 May, it traveled from Okulovka to Mstinskiy Most on the Oktyabrsk Railway at a speed of 281 km/hour, which is over 10% faster than its top operating speed. This is the first time that such a speed has been achieved on the Russian railway”, announced RZD’s Senior Vice President Valentin Gapanovich.

According to Gapanovich, Sapsan is performing very well on the Russian rail gauge. The train is virtually silent, with smooth acceleration and braking.

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Old May 5th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #384
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No politics in forum please, I just understood now a bit of the problem of this island.
Just FYI, Japanese government is not claiming Sakhalin. According to Tokyo's official view, the southern part of Sakhalin (which Japan administered till 1945) does not belong to any country. So Japan officially does not think USSR -> Russia owns the area, but she does not think Japan owns it either. In reality, Japan already opened the Consulate-General in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Japanese government does claim the southern part of Kuril Islands, which they actually do not think as the part of Kuril Islands.

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Norraw gauge looks in really good shape. Is it a tourist attraction?
The first and the second picture seem to be a children's railway in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. It seems they also have some 750mm gauge freight rail too.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 01:21 AM   #385
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I really don't understand why this infrastructure is converted to russian broad gauge. It's not connected to the mainlands anyways, is it?
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Old May 6th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #386
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Yes: it is connected via a train ferry. There are also plans for an undersea tunnel (about 12 km long).
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Old May 8th, 2009, 07:32 PM   #387
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Results of 1Q 2009 investment programme announced.

“According to the operational data for 1Q2009, Russian Railways spent 55.7 billion roubles on investment, the equivalent of 22.3% of the annual investment budget,” said Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways, at the meeting to announce the Company’s results 1Q 2009.

According to Yakunin, the main investment projects implemented included the comprehensive reconstruction of the stretch between Mha - Gatchina - Veymarn - Ivangorod and railway approaches to the ports on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, the shipment of oil to China (second stage), the development of the stretch between Tobolsk - Surgut, the construction and reconstruction of facilities, the comprehensive reconstruction of the stretch between Kotelnikovo - Tikhoretskaya - Krimskaya with a bypass of the Krasnodarsk hub and the modernisation of the railway infrastructure on the island of Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East.

“As of the beginning of May, total repairs were made on 1,056 km of track, 26 km more than planned,” said Vladimir Yakunin.
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Old May 12th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #390
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Russian Railways Establishes Joint Venture in Mongolia.

The founding documents of a joint venture (JV) to develop railway infrastructure in Mongolia were signed in Ulan-Bator today in the presence of the Russian and Mongolian Prime Ministers Vladimir Putin and Sanjaagiin Bayar.


The document was signed on behalf of Russian Railways (RZD) by the company’s CEO Vladimir Yakunin, and on the Mongolian side by B.Enebish, Executive Director of Erdenes MGL, and A.Batbold, Executive Director of Mongolian Railways.


A limited liability company under the name "Infrastructure Development" is to be set up in Mongolia. Its founders will be Russian Railways (with a 50% share), state-owned Mongolian Railways (25%) and Erdenes MGL (25%). The JV will have an initial charter capital of 2.526 billion tugriks (around $1.8 million).


"The creation of the JV is Phase 1 of a project by the two countries to jointly develop the Ulan Bator Railway and build new rail infrastructure in Mongolia. The project will involve upgrading the existing network, expanding its throughout capacities, replacing the rolling stock, and laying new railway lines to promising mineral deposits," announced Yakunin.


According to Yakunin, the newly created Infrastructure Development company will produce a development framework for Mongolia’s railway system, including a feasibility evaluation of the investment required and a repayment mechanism. The investment in the railway infrastructure will be recouped via income from additional freight shipments and participation by the new JV in promising mining projects.


The creation of the JV has been endorsed by RZD’s Board of Directors and the Russian-Mongolian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation, and has the support of both countries’ governments.


Yakunin also announced that as part of RZD’s cooperation agreement with UBR (signed on 19 March 2009) RZD Trading House has already exported 1000 open box cars of freight worth around $7 mln to Mongolia.

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Russian Railways plans to increase cooperation with the Czech Republic.

The President of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, met with the Czech Minister of Transport Gustav Slamecka on 14 May in Prague as part of a working visit to the Czech Republic. Representatives from Russian Railways, Czech Railways and CD Cargo also took part in the talks.

The two sides discussed issues of bilateral and international cooperation in the railway sector, including increasing transit cargo levels. Additionally, the representatives of the companies exchanged information about the high-potential project to extend 1520 gauge tracks to Bratislava and Vienna, and discussed Czech participation in the project.

In order to increase cooperation, the sides decided to create a joint working group made up of specialists from Russian Railways and Czech Railways.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 02:24 PM   #396
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Old May 19th, 2009, 01:20 AM   #397
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #398
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Yes: it is connected via a train ferry. There are also plans for an undersea tunnel (about 12 km long).
Apparently Stalin ordered an undersea tunnel to be built during the 1930s, but rumours say it was only half built. I wonder whether Comrade Putin can finish what the Glorious Comrade Iosef Dzhugashvili started.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #399
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RA2 Railbus

No, this thing is called RA2 (without dash).
All of the above pics except the last one are from the testplant in Sherbinka.

There are some RA2 working in Lithuania and some in South part of Russia.

... and a picture of the driver's cab:

(March 2008, Rostov - Volgodonsk)


Kagalnik, near Rostov

These DMUs are built by Metrowagonmash in Mytishchi near Moscow.
This factory was known to produce all subway cars in the former Soviet Union, but builds also some rail cars, lorries, trailers and army tank chassis.

Technical data (for three car unit)
Seats: 222
Vmax: 120 km/h
Axle load: 15 t
Weight: 120 t¨
Lenght: 70 m
Power: 315 kW per car (Mercedes engine)
Operating Range: 500 km
Battery Voltage: 27 V

other DMUs from Metrowagonmash is the RA1:

which is also offered as standard gauge version for export.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 01:58 PM   #400
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Are all Intercity trains in russia hauled by locomomotives ??? (other than the Moskow-S.Petersburg route?)

Can anyone provide a link or any info about railways where speeds above 140km/h are3 achieved in russia?
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