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Old October 1st, 2008, 06:36 PM   #121
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The existing line uses 3 kV =. New lines will use 25 kV ≈.
Thus why RZD has bought 4 trains capables of running only on 3 kV DC?
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Old October 1st, 2008, 09:12 PM   #122
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Thus why RZD has bought 4 trains capables of running only on 3 kV DC?
Because they will be in service on the existing HS-Line only.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 04:16 AM   #123
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Velaro RUS ICE-3 for MSTS
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 02:05 PM   #124
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ICE3 is a great modern train. IMO the Shinkansen 500 series from JR still has the best look. That was a train ahead of its time.

This one has a more interesting color scheme than CRH3 (Velaro-CN)
The colour schemes of the Velaros are interesting:

Colour scheme of the german ICE 3, german and dutch ICE 3M, german ICE 3MF:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ald-Tunnel.jpg


Colour scheme of the spanish AVE S-103 (Velaro E):

http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/es/...16-9_1it06.jpg


Colour scheme of the chinese CRH3 (Velaro CN):

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...800px-CRH3.JPG


Colour scheme of the russian сапсан, Sapsan (Velaro RUS):

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...trans_2008.JPG


I prefer the spanish and the russian ones. What are the others thinking about that?
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 02:43 PM   #125
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The new supertrain for Russia

A super-train named Express XXI starts operating on the route Moscow-St. Petersburg in the end of December 2007. The train is noteworthy for giving its passengers an opportunity to turn their compartments into a study, bedroom, or nursery.
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 05:20 PM   #126
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I prefer the spanish and the russian ones. What are the others thinking about that?
I prefer the russian
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 05:45 PM   #127
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Russian high-speed system development plan:

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Old October 3rd, 2008, 06:08 PM   #128
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The red line is high speed?
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 06:39 PM   #129
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The red line is high speed?
As far as I know, the next high speed service after the Velaro between Moscow and St. Petersburg will be between St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The trains will be manufactured by Alstom and the service will start in 2010.

Planned for the future is Moscow–Sotchi with japanese trains and Moscow–Nishni-Novgorod with Siemens' Velaro.

Other routes will be in the Ural region, Siberia and Far East of Russia.
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 06:52 PM   #130
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Wow, great development. Finally Russia gets some modern infrastructure. Hope to travel one day from Berlin to Moscow with high speed train.
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 11:20 PM   #131
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As far as I know, the next high speed service after the Velaro between Moscow and St. Petersburg will be between St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The trains will be manufactured by Alstom and the service will start in 2010.
The Alstom train is AGV?

Al high speed lines finish to 2030?
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Old October 4th, 2008, 10:20 AM   #132
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Nope, it won't be AGV but 4 Pendolino's that are based on the ones that are already in service in Finland.
http://www.fi.alstom.com/home/Newsro...business_news/

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And the credit crisis might have a negative impact on the development of the Russian High Speed lines.

Russia's Crisis Spreads Right Across The Domestic Credit Market
posted on: October 03, 2008

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Russia's Railways Delay Bond Issue

In another sign of the way in which the global credit strains are now biting, OAO Russian Railways, Russia's state owned rail monopoly, has said it is going to "hold off'' on selling $7 billion of 30-year bonds due to the turmoil in global financial markets. The company had planned to sell $600 million of Eurobonds by the end of 2008 to finance an upgrade in what is effectively the world's longest rail network. ING Groep NV, Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley, the financial advisers on the loan, recommended waiting to sell the Eurobonds after they saw investor interest waning while the cost of borrowing surged. The impression that all this creates is that the global wholesale money markets are now firmly, but politely, closing their doors in Russia's face.

Back in July, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was busying himself advocating a $525 billion overhaul of Russia's railway system, lauding the rail network as "one of the foundations of Russia's political, social, economic and cultural unity.'' Now, wasn't it Lenin who once said that Russian socialism was nationalisation plus electricity, well Vladimir Putin seems to be suggesting that the new Russian capitalism is lots of public money to support the price of Russian equities plus railways, or words to that effect.

In fact the sad reality is, after all those ambitious words have been spoken and forgotten, that the current credit crunch will probably lead OAO Russian railways to reduce spending both this year and next (and after that we'll see), both delaying and reducing the scope of the principal projected projects. Of course, the Russian govenment could fund some of the activity itself from the National Wealth Fund, but wouldn't that be just the kind of activity which S&P's are warning about? At the present time Russian Railways claim to have sufficient funds to pay off their current debt and state that they won't need to tap the state-run development bank VEB for refinancing. The rail operator does, however, have 128 billion rubles of loans and bonds outstanding, including 16 billion rubles worth due next year according to estimates, so the validity and realism of their recent statements looks like it is about to be tested.

Moody's Investors Service rates Russian Railways A3, the fourth-lowest investment grade level, while Standard & Poor's rates it one step lower at BBB+.

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source and full article: seekingalpha.com

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Yakunin Celebrates RZD Anniversary
03 October 2008 By Max Delany / Staff Writer

At the end of a marble corridor lined with portraits of Soviet bigwigs, inside a small dining room styled like a Venetian palace, Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin celebrated the state company's fifth anniversary at its central Moscow headquarters.

With toasts to railway workers and women in an atmosphere of bonhomie, the event Wednesday evening marked five years since the Railway Ministry was spun off into a company in a bid to revive the huge, aging rail network.

But, as the financial crisis takes its toll, Yakunin told reporters at a briefing earlier in the day that the state-run rail monopoly, like almost all major Russian companies, is facing tougher times.

Although Yakunin said Russian Railways, or RZD, has no issues with its own liquidity as the world feels the credit squeeze, loans have begun drying up, and the company's ambitious investment plans could be scaled back by as much as 15 percent over the next few years.

In the current climate, the company has been forced to halt a sale of $7 billion of 30-year bonds, he said.

RZD recently had its plan to 2030 to pump over $500 billion into the rail network approved by the government.

Yakunin, an avuncular figure with graying temples, is considered one of modern Russia's titans of industry and a confidante of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. With strong links to the Orthodox Church and a resume that suggests a stint in the KGB, he also represents the most conservative "Orthodox Chekist" clan with links to the Kremlin.

While praising Mayor Yury Luzhkov's active support for South Ossetia, Yakunin said it had been proposed that RZD revive a Soviet-era plan to link up the railways of Russia and the separatist Georgian republic.

"Railway men don't just talk about infrastructure, they act to bring nations together," he said, when asked whether the project was more about politics.

In an interview published Thursday in Kommersant, Yakunin expounded on his views of the financial crisis, which he said sounded the death knell for liberal capitalism in the country and marked a sea change in thinking around the globe.

"Let's start together, with the whole world … to build and realize a new economic theory," Yakunin, who chairs a strategic think tank, said in the interview.

During the anniversary dinner, Yakunin drew upon on a wealth of anecdotes from his boyhood days.

Over dinner, he also exhorted his countrymen to lose their ingrained philosophy of blaming others for their problems and to seek solutions themselves.

However bad the situation becomes, Yakunin can draw on his experiences of living through the turmoil of the post-Soviet period, when he returned from a stint working at the Soviet mission at the United Nations in New York in the late 1980s to find his homeland in dire straits.

In the early 1990s, as St. Petersburg teetered on the brink of starvation, Yakunin asked new acquaintance Putin, then the city's deputy mayor, how he could be so calm. Unperturbed, an ice-cold Putin said not to worry and that everything would be solved.

And sure enough, Yakunin said, everything was OK.

source: The Moscow Times
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Old October 4th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #133
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The Alstom train is AGV?
Not AGV but Pendolino Sm6.
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Old October 4th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #134
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And the credit crisis might have a negative impact on the development of the Russian High Speed lines.
I don't think so. Of course the crisis caused risk-revaluation of projects, most being eveluated more risky as they were before. But rail-development is a strategic project with governamental support in Russia and the actual risks of this projects were pretty good known to the main financee, i.e. the government, even before the crisis. There won't be big changes because of the turmoil in the high indebted countries. Russia itself has very little debts, so refinancing won't be a problem even at higher interst rates. Moreover Russia was up to now a huge creditor and as a result of the risk-revaluation in a number of coutries there will be most probably much more internal-investment than originally planned.

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Old November 25th, 2008, 04:45 PM   #135
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Old November 25th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #136
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Beautiful Looks like the ICE-3
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Congrats Russia. Build as much HSR as possible. It will do wonders for your country.

I wish to be able to travel from Manchester to Moscow on HSR one day.
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Wow! In Soviet Russia the train really does catch you.
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