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Old November 28th, 2009, 01:48 PM   #1601
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No further questions, your honour. (Especially not to someone who's so snappy about being teased a bit... ) That said, in my experience yahoo, ap, reuters and all the others normally ad or delete entire paragraphs (hence also the extremely short paragraphs in their reporting) rather than stick text into existing sentences.
oh sorry I though you were serious, my apology.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 07:57 PM   #1602
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Rescue work ends at site of St. Petersburg-bound train attack

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Russian rescue workers rounded up on Saturday work at the site of a deadly attack on a Moscow-St. Petersburg train.

Russia's federal security chief earlier said that an explosive device equivalent to 7 kg of TNT caused Friday evening's deadly derailment. At least 26 people were killed and over 90 injured.

Traces of explosives have been found at the scene and prosecutors have opened a criminal case on charges of terrorism.

"We are concluding our search," Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

In other developments, Russia's health minister said that the 18 people listed as missing after the attack had not been located in the three carriages that went off the rails. Rescue workers are assuming they independently left the scene of the crash.

Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev issued on Saturday a description of one of the main suspects. He told journalists the suspect was "over 40, stocky and ginger-haired."

The announcement came after Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin said that a second, weaker bomb had exploded on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (11:00 GMT) at the site of the attack, but that it had not caused any injuries.

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 05:04 AM   #1603
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Train from Kyoto to Copenhagen project participants arrive in Moscow.

A group of environmental protection experts has crossed the Trans-Siberian Railway in a special RZD carriage as part of a global project organized by the International Union of Railways (UIC), Russian Railways (RZD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). RZD Vice President Oleg Toni took part in the ceremonial meeting of the environmental journey participants.

"Railway transport is recognized throughout the world as one of the most environmentally friendly, because the intensity of its energy consumption is significantly lower than that of other forms of transport, for example cars", Toni said during the meeting.

He said that RZD is actively taking part in environmental protection initiatives. The company has drawn up and adopted an Environmental Strategy up to 2015, with an outlook until 2030, which envisages an environmental impact reduction of 35% by 2015, and 70% by 2030.

Each year, the company implements its program for resource saving and its "Ensuring Environmental Security" investment project. Each year during major repairs to fuel-powered locomotives, more than 200 outdated engines are replaced with modern environmentally friendly Russian-made engines, which raise the fuel efficiency of repaired locomotives by 15%.

Since the founding of RZD (from 2003 through 2009), the company has reduced its atmospheric emissions by 34%, liquid waste dumping in surface water bodies by 60%, and industrial water use by 27%.

International Union of Railways representative Margrethe Sagevik, speaking on behalf of participants in the environmental expedition, thanked Russian Railways for organizing the journey, and noted the high level of qualifications among company specialists involved in tackling environmental monitoring issues and implementing natural protection measures.

From Moscow, the environmental team will travel to Brussels, where they will join the Brussels-Copenhagen Climate Express, and deliver a "climate" message drawn up in Kyoto to the UN conference, to be held in Copenhagen from 17 to 18 December 2009. The main goal of the "Train to Copenhagen" campaign is to draw attention to the role of transport in climate change, and to promote rail transport, which could provide one of the solutions to the problem of carbon dioxide emissions.


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Old December 4th, 2009, 10:02 PM   #1604
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"Security is always a priority at the Company" says Yakunin.

According to Vladimir Yakunin, the bomb attack on the Nevsky Express passenger train should once again focus the attention of the public and government and law enforcement officials on the fact that ensuring security and safety should be considered comprehensively, rather than just focusing on terrorist threats.

"The Company always gives priority to security and safety issues. That - and the maintenance of track, facilities and rolling stock. However, everything regarding security in terms of unlawful interference is the remit of the authorities," Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways, told journalists. According to Yakunin, the Company will review its safety and security equipment and carry out extra training and briefings with train and engine crews.

"The Company has stressed repeatedly that the legislation currently in force does not meet the threats faced by Russia’s railways in its daily operations. It is therefore is important to consider a draft law to increase the punishment for interfering with rail transport in any way," noted Vladimir Yakunin.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #1605
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After Neva Express was blown up, is Sapsan still on schedule for next Friday?
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Old December 9th, 2009, 11:40 PM   #1606
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After Neva Express was blown up, is Sapsan still on schedule for next Friday?
As far as I know Nevskij Ekspress is in service again and Sapsan is on schedule.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #1607
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Russia: Loading of export cargos in ports of Russia by rail up 5 %

Between January and November 2009, loading of export cargos in ports of Russia by rail rose 5% compared with the respective period last year and amounted 241.2 million tons.
According to Port News quoting the Russian Railways press service, over 46.1 million tons (+23 %) have been transshipped to the ports of the Far East. Loading of coal has also increased by 31 % (+6.1 million tons), ferrous metals by 43 % (+2.3 million tons), oil by 19 % (+1.3 million tons), coke up by 2.7 times (+0,4 million tons).

According to forecasts, loading of export cargos by rail to the Far East region is expected to grow further in December 2009.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 10:50 PM   #1608
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Old December 20th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #1609
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I hope I can ask here, but can anyone help me with ticket prices for Transmanchurian railway?

I red something like it's not possible to normally buy these tickets because they are all bought by travel agencies and it's possible to buy it only over them (of course with surcharge).

I'm interested in going from Slovakia by Transmanchurian railway to Beijing, I need only oneway ticket, what's normal/cheapest price of one way ticket from Moscow - Beijing in summer (august)? I was counting with something like 250-300EUR + russian visas and heard it's much cheaper buy these tickets in our train station in Slovakia than in Moscow, but if it will be more screw it, will rather buy airplane ticket (round trip (which I don't need) from 400E) and skip Russia completely this time (and save money and hassle from russian visas).
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Old December 30th, 2009, 07:48 PM   #1610
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Trains for Olympia: Siemens receives orders worth up to 580 million euros

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Siemens has received an order from Russian Railways (RZD) to supply a total of 54 regional trains for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The agreement is worth up to 580 million euros. A firm order worth around 410 million euros has been placed for the first 38 Desiro type trains, which will be manufactured entirely at the Siemens plant in Krefeld, Germany. A preliminary contract has been signed for a further 16 units. These trains should then be partly built in Russia. The agreements were signed only a few days after the official start of the Velaro RUS high speed train, also built by Siemens. The train went into passenger service on the mainline between Moscow and St. Petersburg on December 17.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 04:52 AM   #1611
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Old December 31st, 2009, 02:42 PM   #1612
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I hope I can ask here, but can anyone help me with ticket prices for Transmanchurian railway?

I red something like it's not possible to normally buy these tickets because they are all bought by travel agencies and it's possible to buy it only over them (of course with surcharge).

I'm interested in going from Slovakia by Transmanchurian railway to Beijing, I need only oneway ticket, what's normal/cheapest price of one way ticket from Moscow - Beijing in summer (august)? I was counting with something like 250-300EUR + russian visas and heard it's much cheaper buy these tickets in our train station in Slovakia than in Moscow, but if it will be more screw it, will rather buy airplane ticket (round trip (which I don't need) from 400E) and skip Russia completely this time (and save money and hassle from russian visas).
My advices:
1. If it is urgent for you, travel to Beijing by plane. In all other cases, we recommend you train.
2. Stay in each city at least one day (Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk). In Russia (excluding Moscow) there is no cultural tourist resources ... in programs of most tourist agencies. These cities are very interesting and different than anything in Europe.
3. Do not use euros rather than dollars! If you've got, use credit cards, because in all the cities there are branches of large European banks. (ProCredit, Banca Intesa, RainFaissen).
4. Learn at least basic Russian! Do not expect from someone that speaks English! You're from Slovakia, you will learn 500 words easy to be getting along. Russians, especially in Siberia, are very sociable and want to help you, but only by someone younger you may speak English!
5. Buy a ticket directly to the railway stations in each city. Avoid the tourist agencies. Count to one kilometer in one direction cost 0.03 euros. Lunch in the train is 5 euros.

I have some more advices, but that is enough for begining. Are there anywhere threat about visiting Russia by train?
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 05:32 AM   #1613
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A Deutsche Welle broadcast of Velaro RUS trip from Germany to Russia (sorry in case this has already been posted before)

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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #1614
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Russia: New link to improve rail freight between Europe and Asia

Representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Austria are now in process of selecting contractors to prepare a feasibility study on the proposed construction of a broad-gauge railway between Vienna and Košice in Slovakia.

The meeting involved high level representatives including Vladimir Yakunin, the president of Russian Railways, and his Ukrainian counterpart Mykhaylo Kostiuk. The selection of the contractors will mark the first step in the various nations plan to link the European rail freight network onto the Trans-Siberian railway so as to provide a viable overland route for freight between Asia and Europe.

The meeting follows an agreement, which was signed at the end of May 2009, which described in details the division of costs for the development and construction of the link. This project embodies the approach to developing cooperation not only in railway transport, but in harmonizing transport rights, and providing deeper integration, including between countries of the CIS and the EU. With continuing problems involving piracy on the Suez shipping route and proposed high-speed improvements on the Trans-Siberian being considered by RZD it is thought that this link could provide a useful alternative to deep-sea shipping routes between Europe and Asia. Projections estimate that the line could eventually carry up to 40 million tons a year.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #1615
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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:52 AM   #1616
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I have to say I love it!
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Old January 7th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #1617
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Yep. But as for me it's not a kind of some futute train concept, I believe it's quite modern stuff.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 02:06 AM   #1618
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They are planning to buy 38 trains for Sochi and 16 of them should be assembled in Russia.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 02:07 AM   #1619
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St.Petersburg-Moscow, 239 kmph
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Old January 7th, 2010, 02:11 AM   #1620
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Cool. Some window view shots?
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