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Old August 25th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #1861
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My point is spend less money on pointless shit like defense and rather fix your crippled infrastructure.
Russia spends 3% of GDP on military, less than USA, but even if Russia will spend 0%, there are still plenty of ways how to spend money on infrastructure, education or healthcare. HSR doesn't look like top priority thing.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #1862
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Sort out the corruption and out of control oligarchs and this would be easily affordable.
Corruption yes, but oligarchs are not the case any more. When Putin came to the power, the was an agreement with them, one who violated fights for democracy from London, another one from prison.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 11:27 PM   #1863
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I have seen this Moscow-Paris train on the departure display in Cologne, but it's only one waggon from RZD in a longer international train, probably this waggon is a part of the Moscow-Berlin train and then attached to the Berlin-Paris train.



A photo I took in Kanash 1999, a stop on my way to Nizhnij Novgorod (I think)

Are these locos still in service ?
Most of VL60 are allready retired.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #1864
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Yeah, there are rumors that Russia will not have any HSR to transport soccer hooligans between its cities, but there are also some who are saying it's just Western propaganda to avenge the Pussy Riot verdict, so no one knows for sure just yet.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 08:39 AM   #1865
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Most of VL60 are allready retired.
Most may be, but certainly not all : I still saw one pulling a work train
near Krasnoïarsk while I was there last year. And there are still hundredts
of VL80 which are just 2 or 3 VL60 coupled together.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 09:55 AM   #1866
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Yeah, there are rumors that Russia will not have any HSR to transport soccer hooligans between its cities, but there are also some who are saying it's just Western propaganda to avenge the Pussy Riot verdict, so no one knows for sure just yet.
There are already HSR lines Helsinki-Petersburg, Moscow-Petersburg, Moscow-Nizniy Novgorod. Putin BTW has promised free transportation for ticket holders.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:20 AM   #1867
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There are already HSR lines Helsinki-Petersburg, Moscow-Petersburg, Moscow-Nizniy Novgorod. Putin BTW has promised free transportation for ticket holders.
Those lines are indeed served by trains that are able to run at HSR speeds,
but they don't reach those speeds on any of the journeys you mentioned.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 08:26 PM   #1868
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And what is HSR speed?
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Old August 27th, 2012, 09:07 PM   #1869
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^ both lines are conventional/commuter rails with little bit of fast trains.

HSR is 250+ kmph on almost full route, mostly isolated from non-highspeed service.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #1870
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Yup, that's the EU standard for HSR. The Pendolinos used between Helsinki and SPb have a top speed of 220 km/h, which is also used at least between Kerava and Lahti.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #1871
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175 years of Russian Railways

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Old October 21st, 2012, 01:31 PM   #1872
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Modernization of Sakhalin Railway

Sakhalin Railway was built during Japanese occupation of the southern half of Sakhalin Island in 1905-1945. That's why it have usual Japanese railway gauge of 1067 mm.

After the Second World War, control of the whole of the island passed to the Soviet Union, including the island's complete rail network and rolling stock. Before 2000s, there were used Japanese wagons. Wagons from the Soviet railways were re-gauged for use on the island. The locomotive factory in Lyudinovo, Kaluga Region produced diesel locomotives of the models TG16 and TG21 specifically for use on the island's narrow gauge network.

The Soviet era saw the network extended into the north of the island, with a total extent in 1992 of 1072 km. By 2006, little-used sections such as Dachnoye-Aniva and Dolinsk-Starodubskoye had been closed, but the network still had a total length of 805 km.

A Japanese D51 steam locomotive (serial production in 1936-1951) outside the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Railway Station:

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Old October 21st, 2012, 01:44 PM   #1873
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Re-gauging and potential connection to the mainland

The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin planned to construct a tunnel between Sakhalin Island and the Russian mainland, which would have linked Sakhalin to the rest of the Soviet rail network. The project was begun using forced labour between 1950 and 1953, but was cancelled after Stalin's death.

Since 1973, a train ferry has connected Vanino (on the mainland near Sovetskaya Gavan, Khabarovsk Region) with the town of Kholmsk on Sakhalin.

There have been some calls from politicians to revive the concept of building a bridge or tunnel between Sakhalin and the mainland, although there have been concerns that the costs of the project would outweigh the benefits. However, Russian President Dimitry Medvedev announced his support for the project in November 2008, suggesting the link could be completed by 2030.

Since 2003, in order to allow regular Russian trains to run on the island, the island's rail network is currently being converted to Russian broad gauge. At that moment, more than 50% of railway was converted to 1520-mm gauge.

The project of railway bridge to Sakhalin Island:



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Old November 2nd, 2012, 12:17 PM   #1874
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Since 2003, in order to allow regular Russian trains to run on the island, the island's rail network is currently being converted to Russian broad gauge. At that moment, more than 50% of railway was converted to 1520-mm gauge.
What was the Sakhalin's gauge? 1435 mm?

P.S. Never mind, I had to use Wikipedia first It was 1067 mm - old Japanese standard.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 02:46 PM   #1875
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Old December 25th, 2012, 06:31 PM   #1876
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December 25, 2012. The opening of the new Kuznetsovsky Tunnel on the Baikal Amur Mainline.

Kuznetsovsky Tunnel is a railroad tunnel on the Baikal Amur Mainline (BAM), on the Sikhote-Alin mountain range in Khabarovsk Region, Russia. The tunnel, as well as the Kuznetsovsky Pass it provides access to, and a nearby railway station, are all named after Arseny Kuznetsov (190?-1943), a construction engineer who found the suitable location for the railroad, but died during the construction of the tunnel.

The old tunnel was built during World War II and completed by 1945. It is 413 metres (1355 ft) long. Currently another tunnel was constructed nearby; with a length of 3890 metres (12762 ft) this new Kuznetsovsky Tunnel is a one of the longest in Russia.

The construction of the new tunnel will lead to a significant increase in freight traffic on the Eastern Baikal Amur Mainline, which connects Komsomolsk-on-Amur with the sea ports of Vanino and Sovetskaya Gavan in Khabarovsk Region. There is expected a growth from 12 million tons in 2009 to 24 million by 2015. The total cost of the project is 59.8 billion rubles (~ 2 billion USD). It was opened on December 25, 2012.













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Old December 25th, 2012, 06:41 PM   #1878
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Will the Tynda-Komsomolsk still be running after mid January or not?

(http://www.ampravda.ru/news/610.html / http://www.ampravda.ru/news/744.html)
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Old December 26th, 2012, 11:50 PM   #1879
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Amazing :O
Some photos of UC http://www.bamts.ru/eng/pro/futurpro/kuznecovskiy.php
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Swiss railway rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail will build 16 four-car and 8 six-car double-deck EMU's for Aeroexpress, which operates the railway connections between Moscow and its airports.

Will these be the first double deck trains in Russia?

Press anouncement from Stadler (in German)
Railway Gazette Article on this

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