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Old April 15th, 2010, 12:51 AM   #1661
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High-speed Moscow - St. Petersburg line to be done under life cycle contract.

On 1 April 2010, Russian Railways held a conference on using life-cycle contracts in constructing the high-speed Moscow - St. Petersburg line.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Presidential Administration, the apparatus of the Russian Government, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport, experts from the scientific and business communities and European colleagues, such as project managers of high-speed rail in Portugal, France and the Netherlands.

Opening the conference, Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin said that "the construction of the high-speed Moscow - St. Petersburg line under a life cycle contract is not only a first for Russian Railways, but also the first project of such scope in Russia."

The speakers at the meeting were extremely experienced in creating high-speed life cycle contracts on behalf of the state, which presented an opportunity to examine and evaluate the experience from the government’s point of view.

The meeting covered three projects, three successful stories and three countries: Holland, France and Portugal, and examined two broad questions:

* What is the socio-economic purpose of building high-speed lines and what justification is there for subsidising the cost of infrastructure of high-speed rail on the part of the State, even in the form of payments to the infrastructure provider under the life cycle contract after the construction of the line?
* Why are life cycle contracts the most suitable scheme for the construction of high-speed railways?

The European experience of life cycle contracts in high-speed rail was presented by Jan Ochtman, project manager of the high-speed Amsterdam - Brussels line, Gabriel Du Plessis, development director of international projects at French railways, Carlos Fernandez, project manager of the high-speed Lisbon - Madrid line, Rui Sousa Monteiro from Portugal’s Ministry of Finance and Jan van Schonhoven from the Dutch Ministry of Transport.

International experience shows that life cycle contracts can lower costs by 20-40%, attract international financing of up to 50% of the capital cost, effect the transfer of the technical risks to the contractor and carry out the project on time and to high quality standards thanks to the effective motivation of the contractor.

The high-speed Moscow - St. Petersburg line has the following design features:

* Length - 660 km
* Travel time - 2 hours 30 minutes
* Maximum speed - up to 400 kph
* Forecast traffic volume - 42 pairs of trains per day
* Forecast passenger volume - 14 million people per annum.

The total discounted social effect of the high-speed project amounts to 1 - 1.5 trillion roubles. Socio-economic benefits will be more than twice the costs necessary for its implementation.

The effect of introducing life cycle contracts to European standards will result in cost savings of 30-40%.
http://eng.rzd.ru/isvp/public/rzdeng...3920&id=105478
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Old April 15th, 2010, 12:53 AM   #1662
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Russian Railways presents "Broad Gauge to Vienna" project in Slovakia.

Russian Railways presents Today in Bratislava, Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin presented a project to build a 1520 mm gauge railway line to Vienna. Vladimir Yakunin’s talk was part of a presentation of joint Russian-Slovak projects, during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Slovakia.

Mr Yakunin said that under the project, the broad-gauge railway will be extended from Košice to Bratislava and Vienna. The goal of this project is to create a competitive direct rail link connecting European states with Russia and Asian countries.

As a result of this project, the need to shift cargo between trains at stations where the European rail network meets the broad-gauge track will be avoided. This will halve freight delivery times from Europe relative to sea routes – from 30 to 14 days - and the working capital saved, depending on the value of the freight, will be between $100 and $1000 per container.

Mr Yakunin noted that in 2007 and 2008, the project’s four-way working group (involving Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Austria) carried out a preliminary investment feasibility study and began market research.

According to estimates, the volume of transport on the Košice – Bratislava line could reach 23.7 million tons by 2025, and 18.5 million tons on the Bratislava – Vienna line. The planned route to Europe will carry both containers and raw materials (iron ore, non-ferrous metals, and others), and the reverse route will carry containers. According to preliminary estimates, the cost of the project to build the new rail line could exceed 4.7 billion euros.

"I would like to note that we consider the project to build the Košice - Bratislava – Vienna rail line, along with other international projects of Russian Railways, to be a centre of gravity for other areas of business, cumulatively forming a powerful trade and transport system. This will prove to be a catalyst for the process of rapprochement and effective cooperation between 1520 mm and 1435 mm gauge railway systems, and will provide a boost to economic ties between countries of the European Union and Russia, and between Europe and Asia as a whole", Vladimir Yakunin said. *** Russian Railways has been working with the railway administrations and transport departments of Slovakia, Austria and Ukraine since 2007 on the project to build a line to Bratislava and Vienna with 1520 mm gauge track, involving the construction of an international logistics terminal.

In May 2009 a memorandum was signed on the creation, with the participation of Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Austria, of a joint venture, which began operating in December 2009.

In 2011-2013, a feasibility study, a complete business plan, and design work will be conducted. Construction of the new line is scheduled for 2013-2015. Commercial train services will begin in 2016.

The construction of the Košice - Bratislava – Vienna rail line will enable freight train services to avoid the need to shift cargo between trains at stations where 1520 mm tracks meet 1435 mm tracks, leading to a reduction in delivery costs and times, and consequently reducing the transport component of the end price of transported goods. The continuous rail link will provide a faster and simpler means of delivering European goods to the growing markets of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other countries that use the 1520 mm gauge standard.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 03:28 AM   #1663
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It says top speed 360km/h there.

And what about signalling? Anything that wold allow over 350km/h at present or in development that would allow anything above 380km/h?
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Old April 15th, 2010, 03:39 AM   #1664
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It's still at least 4 years ahead. A lot of technology could be invented during the period.

And as I said - the line is going to be 400 kmph compliant. But it doesn't mean that trains will run at 400 kmph at the launch.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 02:43 PM   #1665
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Anyway, impressive. Looking forward for more HST in Russia. Also Gdansk - Kaliningrad - Vilinius - St. Petersburg, and Warsaw - Minsk - Moscow would be nice
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Old April 16th, 2010, 04:08 PM   #1666
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Anyway, impressive. Looking forward for more HST in Russia. Also Gdansk - Kaliningrad - Vilinius - St. Petersburg, and Warsaw - Minsk - Moscow would be nice
That would be a great way to seal a new friendship between Poland and Russia (looks like something similar is happening now) but would also take a awful lot of money. Anyway a Poland-Russia HSR link will surely happen in the future, I believe it's already somehow planned as part of one of the European-wide HSR network "corridors".
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Old April 16th, 2010, 05:35 PM   #1667
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Currently eastern track of Polish corridor Berlin - Warsaw - Moscow is upgraded to 160km/h (not HSR, but always something). Poland has some HSR program, but unfortunately no 200+ rails are planned into eastern directions (according to this).

Does Russian Railways have plans (or is there already a quality infrastructure) to improve tracks in Kaliningrad (torwards Gdansk) or from Moscow torwards Belarus?
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Old April 16th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #1668
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Russia's high-speed train kills at least 3 pedestrians since startup - paper

17:53 16/04/2010

Russia's luxurious high-speed passenger train running between Moscow and St. Petersburg has killed at least three people, however could be responsible for the deaths of seven, Russian daily Gazeta quoted a senior Interior Ministry official as saying.

"The deaths occurred when people were crossing rails outside authorized [pedestrian] crossings and failed to hear the silent Sapsan in time," Gazeta quoted the head of the ministry's department in charge of transportation safety, Alexander Brevnov as saying.

Sapsan, built for Russia by German engineering giant Siemens, began its service on December 17, 2009. It covers the distance between Russia's two largest cities in a record time of 3 hours and 45 minutes.

"Unfortunately, people very often violate railway safety and pedestrian crossing rules," Gazeta quoted Oktyabrskaya railway spokeswoman, Yulia Mineyeva, as saying.

"The trains are very fast. A person crossing the track on a green light reaches the middle of the tracks when the light suddenly turns red because the high-speed Sapsan is approaching," Russian weekly magazine Ogonyok on April 5 quoted a Russian retiree as saying. "Imagine a woman with a baby or a person with a heavy bag crossing the tracks..."

Sapsan has already become one of the most controversial transportation projects in Russia. Besides fatalities, it has caused social tensions among the local residents who are angry about the disappearance of budget rail tickets.

The price of a roundtrip ticket on the Sapsan is about 6,000 rubles ($200), equal to the monthly salary of a suburban resident.

Gazeta on April 12 said Sapsan was attacked at least ten times since it started service. Infuriated local residents "greet" Sapsan by throwing rocks or steel reinforcement rods at the train. It has also been shot at from rifles.

The Russian respected weekly Expert reported on April 8 local residents, who commute between the suburbs and the city, were forced to spend hours waiting for their trains to arrive. And when they finally caught their [budget] train, they wasted their time at the railway crossing, which was blocked in order for Sapsan to pass.

"We are just like the enemy, everybody hates us. Some even start throwing fists," Expert weekly quoted a railroad crossing gate operator at a railway crossing along Sapsan's route, as saying. "And what we can do? Nothing! In accordance with instructions, the crossing gate should be closed three minutes before an ordinary train approaches, and fifteen minutes before Sapsan comes."

The weekly said the long "railway traffic jams" actually make little towns inaccessible for emergency services and police.

Sapsan is a highly lucrative project. The train is in great demand and Russian Railways (RZD) on April 5 increased the number daily runs between Moscow and St. Petersburg from three to five. By yearend, RZD may increase the runs up to eight daily.

MOSCOW, April 16 (RIA Novosti)
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Old April 16th, 2010, 10:21 PM   #1669
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A nice Russian EMU I just found out about. It's name is ЭД4МКМ-АЭРО / ED4MKM-AERO, in fact AERO is just the red AEROEXPRESS Version, the white one is just 3D4MKM. There is a Video at the end with nice shots of the interior.


The pictures are taken from http://parovoz.com/newgallery/?&LNG=...44%D0%9C%D0%9A, train-photo.ru, railfaneurope.net, metroblog.ru, and a few other sites I don't remember.























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Old April 18th, 2010, 01:41 AM   #1670
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A nice Russian EMU I just found out about. It's name is ЭД4МКМ-АЭРО / ED4MKM-AERO, in fact AERO is just the red AEROEXPRESS Version, the white one is just 3D4MKM. There is a Video at the end with nice shots of the interior.
Nice looking train indeed
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 09:37 PM   #1671
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Russian Railways Invests 41.9 billion roubles in 1Q2010.

This year, Russian Railways will complete the renovation of the bridges over the Obvodny Canal (Bypass Canal) as part of a joint project with the Government of St. Petersburg, the Novorossiysk Tunnel on North-Caucasus Railways and a large bridge over the River Oka on Moscow Railways.

Other projects scheduled for significant investment include:

* Full reconstruction of the stretch Mga - Gatchina - Veimarn - Ivangorod and railway approaches to ports on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland on October Railways;
* Complete reconstruction of the stretch Kotelnikovski - Tikhoretskaya – Krymskay with a bypass at the Krasnodar hub on Volga Railways;
* Oil to China (Stage 2) by Trans-Baikal Railways;
* Reconstruction of the superstructure and the full reconstruction of the line on all railways.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 10:11 PM   #1672
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Siemens, OAO Russian Railways to Sign $2.8 Billion Regional Trains Deal

By Tony Czuczka and Richard Weiss - Jul 13, 2010

Siemens AG, the German maker of the ICE high-speed train, is poised to clinch a 2.2 billion-euro ($2.8 billion) order from Russia for 240 regional trains, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin works to upgrade infrastucture.

The Munich-based company will sign a memorandum of understanding on July 15 with OAO Russian Railways for delivery of the trains in the next decade, Siemens spokesman Marc Langendorf said. The company will sign the accord during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Russia and China.

Russia’s government in 2008 approved a railway development program allowing the Russian railway company to invest about 380 billion euros by 2030 to modernize rolling stock and the track network, the world’s second-largest.

The trains will be a version of Siemens’s Desiro regional model already sold to Hungary’s state railway and London’s Heathrow Express service. The trains will partly be made in Russia, Langendorf said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Czuczka in Berlin at [email protected] Richard Weiss in Frankfurt at [email protected]
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Old July 15th, 2010, 11:38 PM   #1674
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Good news.
Looks like Siemens' Black Accounts for Bribing are still full.
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1500 km in 20 years ?
China buit 7000 in 3 years and by 2020 will have 50000
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Looks like Siemens' Black Accounts for Bribing are still full.
Look on the bright side: there is another company that is offering high speed trains for future lines.

Kawasaki is looking at Russia as one of the potential buyers of its efSET trains.
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Old July 16th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #1677
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Japanese companies are not so pliable. They won't share technologies, like Siemens were always doing, that's why Russia, Russian Empire and Soviet Union were always in close relationship with Siemens.

On the other hand - you shouldn't only sell in a one side (gaz), you should also take something to keep your customer happy.
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Old July 16th, 2010, 10:43 AM   #1678
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1500 km in 20 years ?
China buit 7000 in 3 years and by 2020 will have 50000
I don't think this is correct. Currently there is 650km Moscow-St.Petersburg high-speed route, route to St.Petersburg-Heslinki (450km) will be completed by the end of this year, that's already almost 1000 km.
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Looks like Siemens' Black Accounts for Bribing are still full.
Don'ty need to bribe. Siemens CEO's are all former Putin friends who met hem in Dresden in his early years.
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Don'ty need to bribe. Siemens CEO's are all former Putin friends who met hem in Dresden in his early years.
so for Example in US if Siemens are friends with Obama they will win the contract ?
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