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Old May 21st, 2009, 04:33 PM   #401
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Russian Railways to run pilot project on electronic registration from 1 June, 2009.

Russian Railways is to run a pilot project on the electronic registration of passengers on long-distance trains from 1 June, 2009.

Electronic registration is the further development of our project to sell tickets online. When boarding the train, passengers just have to present the order form printed from the Internet and the identity document given at the time of their online booking.

Passengers can use electronic registration when ordering an e-ticket, after payment, or at any other time, but no later than one hour before departure.

In order to register, enter the personal office on our site, select “paid order” and fill in the electronic registration as indicated.

Passengers can waive their electronic registration via our site, at the ticket office by simply booking their tickets there, and at the self-service payment terminal. Electronic registration can be waived at any time, but no later than one hour before departure.

If you wish to change your travel conditions (e.g. cancellation etc.) and have a ticket obtained online with electronic registration, you have to fill out an electronic ticket on the appropriate form at a Russian Railways’ ticket office, but not later than one hour prior to departure.

The project’s trial period will begin on 1 June 2009. Ticket sales using electronic registration is planned to begin on May 25.

“The test period for the new service will run until September. After analysing the results, we plan to extend the electronic registration to all long distance Russian Railways’ trains,” said Company Vice President Michael Akulov.

During the pilot operation, passengers will be able to use the new service on the following trains and routes:

- Moscow - St. Petersburg (Train Nos. 55/56, 23/24, 3 / 4, 159/160, 165/166);

- Moscow - Gorky - Moscow (Train Nos. 61/62, 119/120);

- Moscow - Kazan - Moscow (Train No. 49/50).
http://eng.rzd.ru/wps/portal/rzdeng?...3920&id=104501
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 11:19 PM   #402
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Second Freight Company approved by Russian Railways’ Board.


The Board of Russian Railways held a meeting in Moscow on May 20 under the chairmanship Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways, at which it considered and approved a concept to set up a second freight company.

"The Russian Railways Board unanimously approved the establishment of a second freight company. We have a tight timetable: all the documents should be ready by the end of 2009 or early 2010 at the very latest," said Yakunin after the meeting.

In accordance with the Targeted Market Model, the decision to liberalise the market further by transferring the remainder of the Russian Railways wagon fleet to the Second Freight Company was to have been taken in 2008-2009.

Any choice on developing the operation of rolling stock and restructuring Russian Railways’ wagon fleet must take into account the need to ensure equal conditions on the market of freight cars, as well as ensure uninterrupted traffic flows, especially for socially important goods. This in turn has to be based on the equal responsibility of all market players.

The key challenge to be solved when reforming the system for the provision of freight cars is to increase the actual output of the freight car fleet. This assumes the implementation of all order volumes using the minimum number of wagons from the fleet with the maximum mileage per loaded car per annum.

An analysis of all available options showed that the best way to achieve these objectives is to establish the Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) Second Freight Company in accordance with the scheme outlined in the Targeted Market Model as a major operating company with a fleet of wagons comparable in scope and structure to the property of the OJSC First Freight Company.

In order to meet the key reform targets in handling freight cars and to realise the optimal restructuring model under the Targeted Market Model for rail transport services, as well as for the establishment of the Second Freight Company, it is proposed to:

* assign to the charter capital of OJSC First Freight Company 60,000 freight cars, including 24,200 bulk grain carriers and 35,800 open-box cars;
* write off as scrap metal freight cars with expired service life which are no longer suitable for transportation purposes and whose repair and restoration are economically impractical. This category is provisionally estimated at 32,000 (excluding cars in reserve);
* assign to the charter capital of OJSC Second Freight Company the remaining fleet of freight cars. The market value of the transferred wagons will be determined by an independent evaluation. The number of wagons to be assigned to the charter capital of OJSC Second Freight Company by Russian Railways is provisionally estimated at 217,000;
* Russian Railways will retain ownership of about 30,000 freight wagons for its own transportation business.

In order to create a fleet of freight wagons for the Second Freight Company which is equivalent to the volume and structure of wagons at OJSC First Freight Company, it is planned to bring in partners which will be involved in the setting up the Second Freight Company, for example, operators, leasing companies and cargo owners with their own rolling stock. When the Company is being established, these will be able to contribute to its capital freight wagons they own at market value as determined by an independent appraiser using the same methodology which will be used to evaluate the cost of wagons owned by Russian Railways.

Thus, the Second Freight Company’s amount of share capital will be determined taking into account the contribution of other market participants. It is also assumed that when the Company is being set up, private business can obtain capital of not less than 25% +1 share.

When the Second Freight Company begins commercial activity and the transfer of its ownership of all freight cars has been completed, an IPO will be held, after taking into account the situation on the financial markets. The planned date is no earlier than 2011. The Second Freight Company is expected to begin commercial activity in the first quarter of 2010.

The Company will thus be capitalised as a result of these contributions on the part of Russian Railways and the other shareholders. The stakes owned by shareholders will represents liquid assets whose sale should ensure a return on the investment made when setting up the Company.

Implementing this model will ensure the creation of comparably-sized businesses in the shape of the First and Second Freight Companies that will own and operate their own cars and enter into contracts with customers.

Despite the significant business of both companies, they will not hold a dominant position or create serious obstacles to the development of other market participants. At the same time, however, new incentives to consolidate their businesses will appear for the other market players, whose numbers now exceed 2,000.

Russian Railways will still be able to act as an agent of these companies and on the basis of agency agreements use their cars, along with cars of other owners, to service shippers.

As a result, a competitive market for the operation of freight rolling stock will be created. The First Freight Company will have a market share of about 27.5% (266,000 cars) and the Second Freight Company between 27-29% (265,000-283,000 cars subject to the proviso that 50,000-70,000 cars belonging to private owners are assigned to the capital). Other owners will hold the remaining 430,000-450,000 wagons (44%).

The implementation of the Targeted Market Model and the creation of OJSC Second Freight Company are expected to have the following benefits:

* cargo owners and shippers: enhancing flexibility and service quality; reducing traffic load as competition develops; the opportunity to enter into long-term contracts to guarantee the shipment of loading resources.
* the state: implementing the goals and objectives of structural reform; developing competition in the operator segment and completing its reform; guaranteeing transport users access not only to rail transport services, but also to services providing rolling stock by creating large competing companies across the whole network; maintaining control mechanisms over part of the fleet to ensure solutions to government objectives; stimulating the demand for freight wagons; setting up additional sources for the renovation and development of major funds at Russian Railways by selling shares in the First and Second Freight Companies;
* Russian Railways: creating equal conditions for business; maintaining the technological efficiency of the shipment management system; realising the potential to increase the value of the Russian Railways’ holding company and the future establishment of sources of funding for the renewal and development of infrastructure through the sale of shareholdings in the First and Second Freight Companies.
* other shareholders of Second Freight Company: provide an opportunity for the market to invest in a competitive company with high development potential and a diversified business; capitalising the asset after the Second Freight Company’s IPO; making more efficient use of assets; establishing equal conditions for the assessment of the market value of cars in the capital of the Second Freight Company.

Russian Railways considers that at the same time as establishing the Second Freight Company, it is necessary to ensure the development of a regulatory framework, technological standards and rules for the effective functioning of the market in the new environment.

Such initiatives will soon be sent to Russia’s Ministry of Transport and other relevant federal authorities to prepare agreed solutions. It is anticipated that improving the regulatory framework and rules will be completed by the time the Second Freight Company will be founded.

Russian Railways will develop a business plan for the Second Freight Company based on the approved Concept, which will then be considered by the Board of Directors of Russian Railways.
http://eng.rzd.ru/wps/portal/rzdeng?...3920&id=104521
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Old May 24th, 2009, 05:12 PM   #403
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Can anyone provide a link or any info about railways where speeds above 140km/h are achieved in russia?
In regular service - only between Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 07:46 PM   #404
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Awesome stuff...maybe we'll get to see a high-speed Trans-Siberian railway in the next 30 years
I don't really think so. HSR is a very expensive thing to build and maitain. It needs a very high traffic flow to be cost effective. Most people in Russia live in Europe part of the country and highest traffic flows are between largest cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhni Novgorod. So, it's between theese cities the first HSR will be. The Trans-Siberian traffic is not so high but the distance is huge: many thousands kilometers through uninhabited harsh lands.

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I wish to be able to travel from Manchester to Moscow on HSR one day.
Hmmm... I wonder, is there any problems with different gauges for HSR?

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Beautiful pics! Will those old stations along the route be reconstructed?
Well... Some day maybe. Many of them (so called 'stop point' in Russian not even station) are used only as commuter stations and in 'dachas' lands with very low and seasonal traffic. So, mass reconstruction of them is just a waste of money. Oh yes, they look ugly and outdated but making them good-looking is definitely not a primary task.
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Old May 28th, 2009, 10:34 PM   #405
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Soon between Moscow and Nishniyj Novgorod and St. Petersburg and Finland.
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Locomotives for Russian Railways: Siemens to set up joint venture with Sinara

Erlangen, Germany, 2009-May-28

Siemens, Russian Railways RZD and OJSC Sinara Transport Machines, a Russian manufacturer of freight locomotives, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the manufacture and supply of modern electric locomotives. A joint venture between Siemens and Sinara is to build around 100 double locomotives a year for RZD.


At the "Strategic Partnership 1520" Forum in Sotschi, Hans-Joerg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, Vladimir Jakunin, President of RZD, and Dmitriy Pumpyanskiy, President of the Sinara Group, today agreed on the basic aspects of future cooperation. Under the agreement, around 100 electric double locomotives a year are to be manufactured for RZD, starting in 2010, in a jointly operated factory located near Yekaterinburg. Details of the agreement will be finalized in the next few weeks.

For Siemens, Russia is one of the most important and promising markets for the future. With 85,000 kilometers of track, 1.3 billion passengers a year and total annual freight of 1.3 billion metric tons, the railway market in Russia is by far the largest in Europe.

The planned manufacture and supply of modern electric locomotives under the joint venture to be set up by Siemens and Sinara is an important step towards expanding the strategic partnership between Siemens and RZD that initially started in the area of high-speed transportation. At the end of 2008, Siemens handed over the first high-speed train, the Sapsan (Velaro RUS), to RZD.

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Hmmm... I wonder, is there any problems with different gauges for HSR?
Russian HSR are not in UIC gauge ? if not why ?
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Because all Russian network is broad gauge (1520 mm or about 5 ft)...
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.....wonderful pics.....
Instantly jealous but I think this is long overdue for Russia!

I wish the US had something other than the sluggish, ever-languid Amtrak...
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Because all Russian network is broad gauge (1520 mm or about 5 ft)...
Oh yes, and Velaro RUS is even wider than other Velaros. Common trains are changing carts for broad/narrow gauge when crossing the border but I don't know is it possible for HSR trains?
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There are bogies which can change their gauge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_gauge_axles

They are used in Spain on high-speed trains and, only at a testing phase, between Poland and the Baltic states on freight and passenegr trains.
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Russian HSR are not in UIC gauge ? if not why ?
Why should Russia use UIC gauge? Russia uses 1520-gauge and nearly all countries around Russia do so too.
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Because UIC gauge is universal and easy for interoperability in Europe that's why countries like Spain build HSR in UIC gauge. If you think UIC gauge is a mark of "western domination", you are completely wrong. Personaly I would like to see the HSL from Lisbon to Moscow, I am afraid the HSL will only exist from Lisbon to Warsaw.
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Because UIC gauge is universal
1520-gauge is also universal in Russia and its neighbours.

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Oh come on! It's just a trillions euros infrastructure, so no one will throw it out and build another one for antovador be able to ride from Lisbon to Moscow more quickly.

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That's why countries like Spain build HSR in UIC gauge.
Spain and Portugal have together less than 15.000 km of broad gauge lines, many of them with very few traffic (less than 10 trains a day), so they may convert them to standard gauge in the future without distrupting much rail transport.

Russia and surrounding countries have 250.000 km of lines, many of them with a lot of traffic...

Broad gauge is an historical error that can not be corrected.
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Oh come on! It's just a trillions euros infrastructure, so no one will throw it out and build anoter one for antovador be able to ride from Lisbon to Moscow more quickly.
Instead, Russia and EU will develop railways on Standard Russian gauge within EU. It's a freight project. But who knows what they can build in future.
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It would be much cheaper to buy some Talgo or CAF trains to do that services than regauging all the Russian railways.

Trains with VGA (Variable Gauge Axles) are a little more expensive (about 10%) and Talgo and CAF trains can reach up to 250 km/h, and there are new trains on the way up to >300 km/h.

Also, the VGA points (the machine which changes the gauge) are affordable, because you need only a little amount of them.

That forces to buy Talgo or CAF, or to license the wheel technology, but I don't think there will be so much traffic that it makes unprofitable.
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A Polish company has developed another system, the SUW 2000: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_gauge_axles

The problem is not for passenger trains, but for freights. But I think that this problem will be solved transhipping containers and maybe some variable gauge wagons.
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Russian Railways and Finnish Railways Sign Memorandum of Cooperation.

A memorandum of cooperation on developing logistics was signed during the Strategic Partnership 1520 international business forum in Sochi today by Russian Railways CEO Vladimir Yakunin and the Chairman of the Board of VR Ltd., Pertti Saarela.

The signatures on the Memorandum confirm the two companies’ endeavors to boost the share of international rail transport in the overall volume of freight shipments between Russia and Finland.

The Memorandum stipulates that the companies will exchange proposals on participation in the Belyy Rast multimodal logistics terminal in Moscow Region by 1 September 2009.

The agreement also envisages a joint study with the relevant Russian and Finnish authorities of ways to develop information technologies and improve collaboration between the railways and government regulators, including the early introduction of an electronic customs clearance system.

A temporary working group will be appointed to implement the Memorandum.
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Russian Railways and SNCF Sign Follow-on Agreement.

Today in Sochi at the 4th international railway business forum Strategic Partnership 1520 the CEOs of Russian Railways and the French national rail company SNCF, Vladimir Yakunin and Guillaume Pepy, signed a number of supplements to a cooperation agreement inked in Paris on 31 March.

The two companies have agreed to work together to sell passenger tickets and exchange experience in the field of railway station developments.

Under the documents signed today, Russian Railways (RZD) and SNCF will set up a joint working group to look into organizing sales of rail tickets on the Moscow – Paris – Moscow route. It will also study the possibility of RZD getting involved in marketing the services of European rail companies in Russia (Rail Europe scheme) and selling and booking RZD tickets around the world.

The agreement also applies to other passenger routes in the two countries, with the companies agreeing to exchange a list of domestic passenger routes to be treated as priorities.

SNCF and RZD have agreed to promote collaboration between their railway stations, with RZD station managers and staff from its Railway Station Directorate to undergo training in France. Prior to these training courses a delegation of SNCF experts will visit Russia on a fact-finding trip.
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