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Old November 12th, 2009, 04:14 AM   #1561
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lol. they are building it for their future territory?
who needs hsr there with 5 trains per day
Why not? Spain does the same.
This line is planned since years, but I don't think the Chinese will built it, because their technique is not developed enough. I think it will be built by Japan or Germany.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 04:15 AM   #1562
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Second stage of railway bridge across River Amur opens.

On 7 November in Khabarovsk, a ceremony was held to mark the completion of the second stage of the railway bridge across River Amur. In his speech, Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways, said: "It is very important that we are, so to speak, filling in the gaps at the last place on the Trans-Siberian Railway where we were having difficulties with through freight traffic. We have now increased the bridge’s capacity from 95 pairs of trains to 153, and this will change radically the way the Trans-Siberian operates."

At over 6 billion roubles, the bridge was very expensive to build, but the cost was justified in so far as the Trans-Siberian is the main artery linking Russia and the new structure will make for greater transit services in the future. "Despite the difficult financial and economic circumstances, the builders were able to complete the job on time and up to the high quality standards we expect," said Vladimir Yakunin.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 05:31 AM   #1563
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New russian loco Vityaz' in Moscow:


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Old November 12th, 2009, 02:21 PM   #1564
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Russia: Finmeccanica’s trams for the Russian market

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited St Petersburg and met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. One of the matters discussed was the construction of Finmeccanica’s plant in St. Petersburg, which would produce high-speed trams for the Russian market.

Finmeccanica will agree to construct the plant in St. Petersburg, if Russia confirms, that it will purchase approx. 90 trams a year for the next five years. Otherwise, the capital investment and the construction of the plant will not pay off.
PTMZ, the tram division of Vagonmash in St Petersburg, has developed a new range of low floor trams. I'm sure that they're delighted to have their key local market stolen from them in a political stitch-up between Putin and Berlusconi.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 02:30 PM   #1565
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Why not? Spain does the same.
This line is planned since years, but I don't think the Chinese will built it, because their technique is not developed enough. I think it will be built by Japan or Germany.
Russia does not currently have enough German prisoners. Whereas China has a better available labour pool.

Are there any plans for a HSR between Harbin and Suifenhe?
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Old November 12th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #1566
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Russia, Ukraine: 76% of Luganskteplovoz goes back to Ukraine

76% of shares of the rolling-stock manufacturer Luganskteplovoz have been returned to Ukraine.

76% of Luganskteplovoz’s shares have been taken from the Russian management company Bryansk Engineering Plant (a part of Transmashholding) by the Ukrainian securities registrar “Center-Registrar” and given to the State Property Fund of Ukraine.

According to Russian Transport Daily Report, the stocks were transferred to Ukraine by the decision of Lugansk Economic Court dated 21 October 2009.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 03:40 AM   #1567
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PTMZ, the tram division of Vagonmash in St Petersburg, has developed a new range of low floor trams. I'm sure that they're delighted to have their key local market stolen from them in a political stitch-up between Putin and Berlusconi.
yeah strange deal indeed. Or Vagonmash must enter a joint venture with Finmeccanica wheer they both would profit from.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 02:51 PM   #1568
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I would say that protectionism does not help technology developments. Let Vagonmash face competition and they will soon develop a reply.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 05:45 PM   #1569
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But will PMTZ be facing fair competition? Finmeccanica says that it will build a factory in St Petersburg in return for a firm committment from Russia to buy "approx. 90 trams a year for the next five years". It seems possible that some or all of those ninety trams per year will go to St Petersburg and might account for all of the city's tram purchases, leaving no chance for PMTZ.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 10:13 PM   #1570
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Behind you can see Riga-Moscow train and LDZ logo
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Old November 15th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #1571
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Does Russia have producing locomotives with radial bogies? Is new locomotive with radial bogies? Does Russia have producing locomotives for normal gauge and axle load <20t/axle?
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Old November 18th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #1572
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Vadim Morozov takes part in international conference on containerisation in Russia.

Vadim Morozov, First Vice-President of Russian Railways, took part in an international conference on 11 November 2009 on "The Containerisation of Russia and The Development of Logistics Terminals and Cargo Handling."

Analysing the development of the Company’s container transport and logistics terminals in international transit, Morozov noted that cargo transportation by container on Russia’s railways over the past 5 years, from 2003 to 2008, had increased steadily from 5% to 13% annually. This growth rate was higher than those in Western Europe and the United States.

"In the first 10 months of this year, amid the global financial crisis, total container traffic on the rail network fell by 23% compared to the same period last year, with the biggest fall in imports, which declined by 47%," said Morozov.

According to expert estimates, Russia’s container market should experience significant development after the global economic crisis, primarily by raising the level of containerisation. In 2008, the share of container traffic in the total volume of transported goods on the Russian rail network was under 2%, but containerisation is expected to exceed 5% by 2012.

In view of projected demographic trends, Russian Railways is vigorously implementing work to establish a more effective use of the Russian rail network’s transit potential by developing international transport corridors along the main East - West and North – South axes.

"The Company’s work is designed to ensure the growth of transit shipments through Russia by a factor of 2.8 by 2030, as provided for in the Rail Transport Development Strategy," said Vadim Morozov.

One of the strategic areas for diversifying the Company’s activities is the development of the logistics business.

"We expect to increase the competitiveness of Russian Railways by entering the logistics market," said Morozov. "This is virtually a declaration of our intent to eventually become one of the leading international transport and logistics companies."

In accordance with the Rail Transport Development Strategy 2030, Russian Railways, together with interested private investors, plans to establish a developed network of terminal and logistics centres (TLC) on Russia’s railways and accordingly set up a Centre for the Development of Terminals in May 2009. Currently under development is a major project for the construction of the logistics centre Bely Rast in the Moscow region, which is proceeding in close cooperation with foreign partners.

The necessary decisions have been taken to set up a terminal and warehouse operator (the Central Directorate for Management of the Terminal and Warehouse Complex) within Russian Railways. Its task will be to provide specialised services, including those with high added value (grouping smaller consignments, sorting, responsible storage, customs clearance, etc.) based on the Company’s existing terminal and warehouse complex.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 01:20 AM   #1573
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"Train from Kyoto to Copenhagen": climate experts will travel through Siberia with Russian Railways.

On 21 November, a group of international environmental protection experts will leave Vladivostok on a journey to Moscow, and will travel from there to Copenhagen, to attend the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

The international environmentalists’ journey across Russia’s railway is part of the global project Train to Copenhagen, organized by the International Union of Railways (UIC), Russian Railways (RZD), and supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and their Seal the Deal campaign, as well as by and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The campaign, organized with the aim of marking a transition to a new generation of agreements on future global climate cooperation, began on 5 November in Kyoto (Japan) with the UIC seminar on the role of rail transport in protecting the planet’s climate system.

From 21 November to 1 December, the message signed by the rail community in Kyoto seminar will travel on a symbolic journey along the Trans-Siberian route in a special RZD carriage. As part of the environmentalists’ journey across Russia’s railway, stops are planned at five large cities – Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Moscow. Each stop will give journey participants the opportunity to meet with representatives of local authorities, representatives of environmental protection organizations, and journalists, and also to see innovative railway technology and personally witness the signs of climate change on Russia’s territory.

On 1 December, a greeting ceremony will be held for participants in the environmental journey, on their arrival in Moscow. From Moscow, the team will travel on to Brussels, where they will join the Climate Express, a special train running on 5 December from Brussels to Copenhagen, in order to deliver a climate message drawn up in Kyoto at the UN conference, and to recount the problems caused by climate change

For more information please visit the web-site of the project: www.traintocopenhagen.com



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The Kyoto protocol expires at the end of 2012. In Copenhagen, the signing of a political agreement is expected on stepping up international dialogue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Old November 21st, 2009, 04:24 PM   #1574
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Vladimir Yakunin meets US Transport Minister.


Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways, presented Russia’s programme for the development of high-speed rail services to Ray LaHood, U.S. Minister of Transport. The meeting took place today in Moscow at the Company’s Centre for Scientific and Technical Information at Riga station in the presence of John Beyrle, America’s ambassador to Russia.

Yakunin told the U.S. Department of Transportation’s delegation about the Sapsan (Peregrine Falcon) high-speed train and spoke about the development program of high-speed rail traffic in Russia until 2030.

The Minister of Transport praised Russia’s first high speed train, which was developed jointly by German and Russian engineers. He noted that railways in Russia and the United States have much in common, making Russia’s development programme for high-speed rail services very interesting to America in view of the new administration’s plan to create its own high-speed network.
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Russian and american railways have much in common? Only the distances are big in both countries – but that's all, I think.
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Old November 21st, 2009, 07:34 PM   #1575
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I haven't studied Russian railways, but on the top of my head I'd assume that one common point is a relatively strong reliance on freight trains. In the United States one of the main obstacles to HS has been, as far as I know, that the legacy rails are full of extremely heavy, extremely slow-moving cargo trains, whose owners are NOT going to accept being kicked away in order to make space for a passenger trains opererated at five times their speed. (An these companies are well within their rights: often they are the track owners.) I would assume Russia has the same problem, although their government, with the powers it has, can of course just choose to say BOO to the railway companies. I'd be interested to hear if anyone knows more about rail freight in Russia & how it affects plans to upgrade passenger services.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 07:28 PM   #1576
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I think the russian state railway is the track owner in Russia.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 10:22 PM   #1577
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Regular high speed connection between Moscow and St.Peterburg will start at December, 18.
Ticket price for 800km ride will start from 2406 rubles or 54 euro. Not very expensive by European standards I think...
Here is article in Russian http://metroblog.ru/post/2658/
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 02:03 AM   #1578
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Regular high speed connection between Moscow and St.Peterburg will start at December, 18.
Ticket price for 800km ride will start from 2406 rubles or 54 euro. Not very expensive by European standards I think...
Here is article in Russian http://metroblog.ru/post/2658/
In Germany a journey of 200 km would cost this price.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 11:53 AM   #1579
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Regular high speed connection between Moscow and St.Peterburg will start at December, 18.
Ticket price for 800km ride will start from 2406 rubles or 54 euro. Not very expensive by European standards I think...
Here is article in Russian http://metroblog.ru/post/2658/
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3 trains daily. 2 with no stops, taking 3:45, 1 with 5 stops taking 4:15.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 04:34 PM   #1580
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Regular high speed connection between Moscow and St.Peterburg will start at December, 18. Ticket price for 800km ride will start from 2406 rubles or 54 euro. Not very expensive by European standards I think...
Not very expensive by any standard, I think. That said, where did the 800km come from? We have all been telling each others for ages that the railway line between M and SP is about 650km. That's also the information you find on open sources such as wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow%...rsburg_Railway

Finally, one nasty question: when you say 54 euro, does this mean that I - a Dane - can buy it for 54 euro? I ask because last time I was in Petersburg I consistently had to pay five times more than the locals. The Hermitage, the Marinskij Theatre... Does at least RZD not practice such discrimination?
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