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Old July 3rd, 2009, 03:35 AM   #481
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I've heard that Velaro Rus reached 295 kph (even 300 kph) during a test run. Is that true?
Yes, and as far as I know, with 3 kV power supply.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:06 PM   #482
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i wanted to ask about the 3kv. where were the test undertaken?
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Old July 4th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #483
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i wanted to ask about the 3kv. where were the test undertaken?
I think between St. Petersburg and Moscow.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 04:22 PM   #484
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Refurbished station Светлогорск-I (Svetlogorsk-I) КЛГЖД, Russia/Kaliningrad region:

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Does anyone know why is everything alongside Warsaw - Smolensk line painted green?
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Old July 7th, 2009, 05:16 AM   #486
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Does anyone know why is everything alongside Warsaw - Smolensk line painted green?
It's kinda 'brand color' if you mean parapets, information signs, stations appearance and so on. It's not only alongside Smolensk line but throughout Moscow railway zone.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 10:41 PM   #487
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500th Transcontainer Train Arrives in Kaluga with Assembly Parts for Volkswagen Group Rus.

On 8th July, the 500th container train operated by OJSC Transcontainer (a subsidiary of Russian Railways) arrived in Kaluga carrying parts for the Volkswagen Group Rus plant. Taking part in a ceremony to mark the event were RZD’s CEO Vladimir Yakunin, the General Director of Transcontainer Petr Baskakov, the General Director of Volkswagen Group Rus Ditmar Kortsevkva, the Governor of Kaluga Region Anatoliy Artamonov, representative form Deutsche Bahn AG, and other officials.

After winning a tender run by Volkswagen Logistic in October 2007, RZD, acting via its subsidiary Transcontainer and jointly with Belorussian, Polish, Czech and Slovak railways, began work on the project to deliver Volkswagen and Skoda car assembly parts from Velka-Ida (Slovakia) and Mlada-Boleslav (Czech Republic) to the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga.

Transcontainer was appointed operator of the train inside Russia. Its lead partner in the project is Germany’s Schenker Automative RailNet GmbH (a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn), which transports the car parts by rail on the European section of the route.

In November 2007, Transcontainer signed a contract with Volkswagen Rus for transportation of car assembly components to the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga. Under the project Transcontainer provides a comprehensive service (including financial settlements with RZD and Belorussian Railways) for supply of components and car parts along the 1520-mm gauge line (Brest – Kaluga route) using its own equipment.

The train now covers the 2,005 km from Mlada-Boleslav (Czech Republic) to Kaluga in just 4 days, which is three times faster than the original delivery time (12 days).

From project startup in 2007 to the present day 128,000 TEUs (20-foot containers) have been delivered.

In 2008, 88,916 TEUs were delivered along the Brest-Kaluga-Brest route (44,800 from West to East, and 44,116 from East to West).

From January to June 2009 the route handled 36,530 TEUs (18,722 from West to East, and 17,758 from East to West).

Average monthly traffic during the first half of 2009 was 1,700 containers.

In July 2009, Volkswagen expanded the range of vehicles produced in Kaluga to include the VW Caddy and VW Transporter. As a result, two new supply routes will be added to the project from Poland and Germany, with planned delivery volumes of 24,000 FEU (1,000 40-foot containers) each month in a West-East direction through Brest station.

At the present time car components for large-scale kit assembly are being transported.

Railway infrastructure has been upgraded to support the project.

RZD is currently completing work on the Perspektivnaya railway station involving, amongst other things, extending two lines for receipt and dispatch of long container trains (over 80 wagons).

In late 2008, Volkswagen completed construction of a separate railway line from the plant to Perspektivnaya station, and this year plans to open its own customs post at the plant in Kaluga. Volkswagen Group Rus will therefore receive and dispatch most of its freight by rail (delivery of assembly parts to the plant, delivery of new cars to dealer networks).

In June 2009, at an official ceremony involving over 100 representatives of Volkswagen’s international partner companies, Transcontainer and Schenker Automative RailNet GmbH were won a Volkswagen 2009 Group Award. This is the first time in the car giant’s history that an award has been given to its logistics partners. Both companies were listed amongst Volkswagen’s 18 best suppliers worldwide for special achievements in organizing supply logistics for the Kaluga plant.
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Russian rail operator denies plan to rename Lenin station
10 July 2009
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Russia's state rail monopoly has denied making a decision to remove the name of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin from one of Moscow's main train stations.

"Russian Railways officially states that the decision to give back Moscow's Leningrad Station its historical name -- Nikolaevsky -- has not been made," the company said in a statement released late Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday a company official told Russian media that the station was being given back its original name of Nikolaevsky, after Tsar Nicholas I, who ruled Russia at the time the station opened in 1842.

In the statement, Russian Railways apologised for a "technical blunder" that had allowed the report to come out.

The company said it was considering a proposal to give the station back its original name but stressed that a final decision had not yet been made.

Reports that the station's name would be changed provoked a strong outcry from Russia's opposition Communist Party, which continues to regard Lenin, the leader of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, as a hero.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 12:23 PM   #494
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Russian Railways CEO Vladimir Yakunin: BAM to Play Major Role in Russia’s Economic Development.

On Saturday 11th June in Tynda, there was a celebration to mark the 35th anniversary of the start of construction work on the Baikal-Amur railway line.

Russian Railways (RZD) CEO Vladimir Yakunin took part in the event. The other guests included representatives of the Russian government, RZD’s Management Board, regions of the Russian Federation and the private sector, veterans and railway workers.

"The Baikal Amur line is one of those landmark projects in our post-war history that played a defining role in the country’s development and became a symbol of its times. There is and can be no doubt that building the line was absolutely the right thing to do, even despite all the twists and turns of fate. BAM has reinforced our country’s influence in the Far East" said Vladimir Yakunin.

"BAM today is a colossal opportunity to revive that enormous and very wealthy region through new jobs, higher living standards and new points of economic development", continued Yakunin. "But this prospect will only be achievable if the line is radically modernized and renovated and solutions are found to a huge range of issues. Both RZD and the government are committed to taking on this tough challenge."

"BAM today is a living working system. And it’s not acceptable to say that the line is unprofitable as some sections are operating at over 80% of capacity. BAM will play an important role in the economic development of Russia", stressed Yakunin.

On 11th June a round table entitled "BAM – A New Lease of Life in the 21st Century" was held in Tynda, during which an action plan for the line’s future development was presented.

"The line is now entering a more positive phase, in which it is in demand and needed by the entire country. Let me demonstrate this by some figures that speak for themselves: 15 years ago, BAM’s annual freight turnover was 44.8 billion tons/km and was on a falling trend, but in 2008, the line handled 64.4 bn tkm – an increase of 50%", said Yakunin as he opened the conference.

Yakunin believes that the Baikal Amur line will be a powerful tool in the future development of Siberia and the Far East and the creation of new economic growth points in Russia.

RZD estimates that by 2020 freight shipments along BAM will increase to 220 bn tkm, or 3.4 times the volume handled in 2008.

This growth in freight and passenger turnover is being driven by positive trends in the region’s socio-economic development: Russia’s dynamically developing foreign trade links require appropriate action to boost the current throughput capacity of certain sections of the BAM line and to fill in the missing links in the existing infrastructure.

The increasing volume of transit container traffic along the Trans-Siberian line is also forcing a change in BAM’s role and specialization. In future it will become the main route for bulk cargo shipments that have previously used the Trans-Siberian line.

To handle future freight volumes on the Baikal Amur line a number of infrastructure improvement measures need to be taken, including renovation of sidings, laying of parallel main line, upgrading of automatic block systems, development of stations and completion of reconstruction work on some bridges and tunnels.

"The total investment required to upgrade and develop the line under RZD’s Rail Transport Development Plan to 2020 is around 400 billion roubles, announced RZD Vice President Boris Lapidus.

"It will not be possible to fund this work out of RZD’s investment budget alone. The company thinks a separate long-term federal programme for the development of BAM to 2020 is required, or alternatively a dedicated project should be incorporated in the current federal programme. This programme should provide government support for the BAM upgrade, setting out both the size and mechanisms of such support", said Lapidus.

He added that the private sector will also play an active role in the construction of new infrastructure by funding connecting lines to mineral deposits.

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The Baikal Amur line is one of the world’s longest railway lines. It passes through Irkutsk, Chita and Amur regions, Buryatia, Yakutia and Khabarovsk, and provides Russia with a second direct access route to the Pacific Ocean after the Trans-Siberian line.

Being the shortest railway route to the Pacific Ocean ports, southern Yakutia and other regions of Russia, BAM cuts the distance travelled by passengers and freight to Primorie Territory, Vladivostok and Nakhodka by more than 200 km, to Vanino by almost 500 km, to Yakutia by 600 km and to Sakhalin, Kamchatka and Magadan by 1000 km.

Annual freight volumes along the Taishet – Tynda – Komsomolsk route are currently around 12 mln tons.

According to the Russian railway sector development strategy to 2030 BAM can expect a 2- or 3-fold increase in freight volumes, driven by growth in industrial output, the laying of a railway line to Yakutsk, mineral resource developments and expansion of the Vanino - Sovetskaya Gavan transport hub.

In the longer term, Strategy 2030 sees BAM specializing in heavy freight trains, while the Trans-Siberian line will be used for specialized container trains and passenger transport.
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Russian Railway and Deutsche Bahn Create International Logistics Centre.

On 16 July in Munich, the CEO of Russian Railways (RZD) Vladimir Yakunin and the Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Bahn Ruediger Grube signed a general agreement on the creation of an educational and research centre for international logistics and supply chain management.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and Germany’s Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel during the current round of high-level Russian-German inter-governmental consultations.

Under the terms of the agreement, the centre will be based in the Higher School of Management at St.Petersburg State University and the St.Petersburg State Railway University on the Russian side, and in the European School of Management on the German side.

"Russian Railways and Deutsche Bahn have been working together on staff training for several years now. But this is the first time the two companies have signed a document on developing a joint syllabus covering both training and skills enhancement. In addition to this, we will also be working together on scientific research projects, noted Vladimir Yakunin.



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In January 2009, the two sides signed a Framework Agreement on the creation of an international centre for logistics and supply chain management. They have now defined the legal and financial aspects of how the centre will function, and agreed an integrated syllabus and common work plan.

In the near future the two sides need to agree a mechanism for joint management of the centre, review candidates for top positions and agree a development framework.

The centre is to open its doors in the autumn of 2009.
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Russian Railways, Sinara Group and Siemens AG to Manufacture Locomotives in Russia.

On 16 July in Munich, in the presence of Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the CEO of Russian Railways (RZD) Vladimir Yakunin, the CEO of the Sinara Group Dmitriy Pumpyanskiy and Siemens AG Management Board Member Siegfried Russwurm signed an agreement on the manufacture and supply of Russian locomotives with asynchronous traction.

In the agreement, RZD, Sinara Group and Siemens AG express their interest in organizing the production of locomotives and locomotive parts in Russia on mutually advantageous terms, and define the general principles of cooperation between the parties. The technical specifications for the new locomotives are to be drawn up RZD. Locomotive parts such traction transformers, traction motors and gearing will be manufactured by Siemens or one of its subsidiaries inside the Russian Federation.

An experimental version of the new locomotive is to be produced in 2010, while the specifics of the manufacture and procurement programme to 2014 will be decided on the basis of RZD’s investment programme. The locomotives will incorporate innovative technologies, systems and materials; they will be fully compliant with all transport safety standards and provide comfortable working conditions for the engine crews.

The agreement signed today states that the terms and conditions governing assignment of intellectual property rights will be set out in separate commercial contracts.
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