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Old June 28th, 2008, 08:45 AM   #81
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gamma hamster..please for the sake of us all stop trying to make your country out as being the best in the world.

and here is an article about the opening:

Train Takes Stress Out of Sheremetyevo

By Max Delany



The unappealing choice between overpriced taxis and overcrowded minibuses stuck in traffic should be a thing of the past, after Sheremetyevo finally became the last of Moscow's big three airports to get a direct rail link to the city center.

At a gala ceremony of balloons, brass bands and red carpets Tuesday morning, ministers and railway officials rode the inaugural train to Sheremetyevo and opened the airport's gleaming new rail terminal.

That means that when the service opens for paying customers Wednesday, air travelers can skip the jams and go from Savyolovsky Station, just off the Third Ring Road in north-central Moscow, direct to Sheremetyevo in 35 minutes, for a price of 250 rubles ($10.50).

Trains will leave from Savyolovsky 24 times per day, at times running a twice-hourly service. Passengers have the option of checking in their luggage at the station and paying 350 rubles for a first-class seat on the train.

During the inaugural trip, journalists settled into the roomy, light-blue leather seats onboard the bright-red, Russian-made train. The latest flight departures scrolled across display screens in the state-of-the-art wagons.

After touring the new three-story rail terminal, the smell of fresh paint still heavy in the air, officials drank a midmorning toast of Moet champagne. Extra wagons had to be laid on after the number of reporters swelled to 250.

The glistening 60,000-square-meter terminal will eventually contain bars, shops and even a Starbucks and be capable of handling 7 million passengers per year. It is currently connected to Terminal 2 by a temporary walkway and to Terminals 1 and C by shuttle buses.

"You can understand how much will be saved by avoiding the transportation problems on Leningradskoye Shosse — all the time, nerves and money that people usually expend," Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said at the opening ceremony.

The long-awaited opening of the first direct link to what was once the capital's leading airport is just the latest step in speeding up the city's transport routes with its airports as part of a 5 trillion ruble ($250 billion) investment program.

By year's end, trains will also run direct to Sheremetyevo from Belorussky Station, and by 2015, one central rail terminal will service all the city's airports. The new link is operated by Russian Railways subsidiary Aeroexpress, which also operates the routes to other Moscow airports.

The 3 billion ruble ($127 million) terminal, funded nearly 50 percent by private investors, is also just the first step in revamping the aging Sheremetyevo Airport. Last year, work began on a long-awaited international terminal, and next year a major overhaul of Terminal 2 is planned for completion.

Explaining the pricing system, Aeroexpress general director Vladimir Petrov said Sheremetyevo had always been the most expensive Moscow airport and that the new service is better that those offered for other airports.

"Muscovites are perfectly able nowadays to pay 250 rubles to get to Sheremetyevo," Petrov said. In comparison, the 40-minute train ride from Paveletsky Station to Domodedovo, operated by Aeroexpress since 2002, costs 150 rubles ($6).

But it's not just potential train users that are set to benefit. The link is expected to alleviate the situation for drivers too — as it helps to take the strain off the often-overburdened roads leading to the airport.

Petrov said he expected the new rail link to cut the number of cars on Leningradskoye Shosse by 1.5 million per year.

Airlines operating out of Sheremetyevo were also breathing a sigh of relief, as the new rail link could help to lure back some of those passengers who have abandoned the airport in favor of its crosstown rivals.

"This has been needed for a long, time and we've been demanding it for a long time. It will help passengers avoid the headaches associated with getting to Sheremetyevo," said Valery Okulov, general director of state-controlled Aeroflot.

"It makes Sheremetyevo more attractive, as the airport lost out to Domodedovo and Vnukovo in large part because of transportations problems," Okulov said. "We are the most interested party and so we're satisfied now."

A gaggle of female Aeroexpress employees, wearing red blazers and skirts, seemed impressed by the new facilities.

"Everything seemed excellent to me and it was all so supermodern," said brunette wagon attendant Nina Zhuralyova, 20, after dozing through the return journey to Savyolovsky.

"I've been on the trains to … Domodedovo and Vnukovo — and this one is definitely the best," Zhuralyova said.

"The train is the very latest model," said train driver Igor Samolyotov, leaning out of the cab window after the journey. "Everything seemed to go well today."

Not quite everything went off without a hitch, however. As the first train pulled into the airport terminal, the glistening front wagon scraped against the platform, leaving an ugly meter-long gash in the paint for dignitaries to walk past. The officials' blushes were saved after the scar was quickly covered up by a conveniently placed bunch of balloons.

That wasn't the only problem. Regnum news agency reported that a later train taking journalists back to Moscow broke down. After a 20-minute wait, a new locomotive arrived to tow them to Savyolovsky.


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Old June 28th, 2008, 05:58 PM   #82
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gamma hamster..please for the sake of us all stop trying to make your country out as being the best in the world.
I just said that there are more important things to invest into, or are you an illiteral retard who cannot read properly?
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Old July 1st, 2008, 12:03 PM   #83
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Reasonable compared to London Heathrow Expess which was 16 pounds when I was last there which is equivalent to about $32 US. In Brisbane, Aust its $13AUD from the airport to the city, which is about $12US.
There is a reason london has a reputation for being expensive. Anyway at that point I was confused if it is a special airport train or public tranport going also to the airport.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:22 AM   #84
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thats great Moscow way to go connecting the airport to city centers by Rail.

alot of cities that has Rail or will have Rail should have this, even canada as well.
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 05:45 PM   #85
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Vnukovo and Domodedova both already have direct rail connections to stations in the city centre.
Thank you for the info!
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Old July 24th, 2008, 01:20 AM   #86
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The stations look really nice.

Nice Russia.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #87
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nope, no rail at all, well for toronto that is. i believe richmond in british columbia will be having their skytrain serving that airport
The canada line will be connecting downtown vancouver with richmond and the airport begining november 2009...apart from that i dont think any other city in canada has any rail link to its airport
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Old August 18th, 2008, 11:27 PM   #88
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When I was in Moscow last month I used both ways of getting to Shem: the city bus from the edge of the subway network, which costs 25rub and takes 2 hours to travel about 10km - and the express train. 250rub is a lot more, but it's definitely worth the extra. The trains are very nice and comfortable. When they go to Belaruska station the service will be even better!

As far as the speed of the train goes, most of the service seems to be on existing lines with lots of other trains. So a 200km/h train would be a waste when most of the time the train is travelling at 80-100km/h.
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When I was in Moscow last month I used both ways of getting to Shem: the city bus from the edge of the subway network, which costs 25rub and takes 2 hours to travel about 10km - and the express train. 250rub is a lot more, but it's definitely worth the extra. The trains are very nice and comfortable. When they go to Belaruska station the service will be even better!

As far as the speed of the train goes, most of the service seems to be on existing lines with lots of other trains. So a 200km/h train would be a waste when most of the time the train is travelling at 80-100km/h.
never take the city bus!! i made that huge mistake once and it also took me about 2 hours to get to rechnoy vokzal...in total it took me almost 3 hours to get to where i was living at propekt vernadskogo, a car would have taken me about 30 minutes which i did the next time. im so glad theres a train link now!
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RUSSIA | Railways

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http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/arti23..._Russland.html
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Old September 24th, 2008, 02:36 PM   #93
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¿Supertrain?

The Chinese have the same train and faster
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congratulations to Russia. Is there any infos on the stations which the train is going to run on.
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¿Supertrain?

The Chinese have the same train and faster
Velaro CN and Velaro RUS are not the same trains.
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The fastest train in Russia comes from Siemens - Velaro RUS

23.09.2008

World premiere at InnoTrans in Berlin – Russia joins the club of high speed rail countries


Russia’s first high speed train, Velaro RUS, has been presented at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin. The vehicle’s traveling speed of 250 km/h means that Russia has now entered the high speed rail era. Heinrich Hiesinger, CEO of the Siemens Industry Sector, joined Vladimir Yakunin, President of the Russian railway company RZD, in unveiling three cars of the first train. The name given by RZD to the fastest train series in the country is “Sapsan”, which is Russian for “peregrine falcon”.

Industry-CEO Hiesinger expressed his pride in Russia’s new acquisition: “With the Velaro RUS, RZD is writing a new chapter in the history of the Russian railways. Russia now belongs to the club of high speed rail countries.” Up to now, only eight countries in the world have operated a network for high speed trains, among them Germany, France and Japan. Hiesinger also pointed out that the order from the Russian railway company was very important for Siemens: “The rollout of the first Russian high speed train marks a major milestone in the long-lasting and successful partnership between Russia and Siemens. We want to expand this relationship in future, especially in the transportation sector.” In order to lend substance to these plans, Yakunin and Hiesinger took time during the rollout ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding. It was agreed that Siemens would modernize the classification yards in Luzhskaya near St. Petersburg and in Chernyakhovsk near Kaliningrad. These yards are to be equipped with shunting installations controlled by Siemens automation systems.

250 kilometers an hour at minus 50 degrees Celsius

The cars on show in Berlin are only part of the first Velaro train, which will consist of ten cars altogether. Siemens is to deliver eight Velaro RUS trains to RZD by 2010. They are being built in the Siemens factory in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany. From the end of 2009 onwards, the 250 km/h trains are to connect Moscow and St. Petersburg. This will reduce the journey time by around one hour in all. Later on, the high speed trains are to be used on the Moscow–Nizhny Novgorod route as well.

The Velaro RUS is the world’s most modern high speed train. It is based on the Siemens Velaro platform for high speed trains. The vehicle boasts the latest in train technology: the traction system and all the technical modules being arranged under floor over the entire length of the unit and not only in one locomotive each coupled at the front and rear as is the case with conventional trains. This creates around 20 percent more seating capacity for the same length of train.

The ten-car trainsets are each 250 meters long and can accommodate 604 passengers. Given the length of station platforms in Russia, the trains can include two more cars and be 50 meters longer than, for example, the Velaro E of the Spanish National Railways (RENFE). Moreover, the vehicles are designed for the Russian broad gauge and are around 33 cm wider than the ICE 3 operated by Deutsche Bahn in Germany. All elements of the train such as technical equipment, insulation and lubricants have been designed to cope with the extreme climatic conditions in Russia. The Velaro RUS is therefore designed to run at outdoor temperatures down to -50° Celsius.

The two end cars of the train, which are painted in the colors of the Russian flag, each feature a first-class lounge directly behind the driver’s cab. A transparent glass partition between the lounge and driver’s cab provide passengers with an exciting view of the line ahead. A video and audio entertainment system provides on-board entertainment in first and second class. The passengers in both classes are also offered a catering service. In a bistro car in the middle section of the train, they can buy light meals and beverages.

With an installed traction power of 8000 kilowatts, which is equivalent to approximately 11,000 h.p., the Velaro RUS is built for a maximum operating speed of 250 km/h but can be upgraded to reach speeds of up to 300 km/h. Given that half of all axles are directly driven, the train can accelerate better than locomotive-hauled trains. In addition, this traction concept makes it possible to drive on steeper sections of line. The electric brake allows the energy generated during braking to be fed back into the power supply system, thus saving energy and costs. Part of the Velaro RUS fleet will be supplied as two-system trains for use on both DC and AC electrified lines.

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http://www.innovations-report.de/htm...us_118810.html
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Old September 24th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #97
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Awesome stuff...maybe we'll get to see a high-speed Trans-Siberian railway in the next 30 years

Also, if what they say is true, it will decrease the St. Petersburg-Moscow trip from 4-4:30 hours to 3-3:30...very competitive with air travel, for sure.
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Old September 25th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #99
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That is very cool looking from the initial pictures. I am thinking perhaps they might later want to speed up the trip to 300 km/h in the future. They are only planning on running these at 250 km/h still?

These sets are still designed to go at 300 km/h. This is sad that Russia is developing 1st class HSR over the U.S. Oh well, perhaps it might get the message out that HSR is not that bad of an idea.
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Old September 25th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #100
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I have read that 4 of the sets can run under 3 and 25 kV, and 4 only under 3 kV DC. It is hard to run at 300 km/h in 3 kV DC, so it's a strange decision.
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