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Old October 3rd, 2013, 05:41 PM   #1941
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 06:05 PM   #1943
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Old October 6th, 2013, 01:18 AM   #1944
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Christian Audio Programs To Play On Russian Trains
By Claire Bigg

October 04, 2013


Passengers on Russian trains will soon be treated to special audio programs designed to broaden their knowledge of history, philosophy, and religion -- more specifically, Russian Orthodoxy.

Under the initiative, headed by a senior figure at the Moscow Patriarchate, a compilation of programs previously hosted by Radio Rossii journalist Lyudmila Borzyak will become available on more than 200 long-distance trains in the coming months.

Topics will include stories from the lives of famous Russian saints, including Princess Olga and Prince Vladimir; the early days of Christianity in Russia; and the formation of the Russian state.

Travelers will also have a chance to learn more about classical philosophers such as Thales of Miletus and Pliny the Younger, and about the history of different inventions.

"We believe this project will help foster a higher level of culture and instruction in society," said Yelena Miroshnikova, a spokeswoman for the state-owned Russian Railways. "It also aims to encourage personal values such as respect for our country's historical past, kindness, and spiritual growth."

Skeptical Voices

But the project has already met with a degree of skepticism, with some experts saying it violates the constitutional principle of secularism in state organizations.

Disapproval appears particularly deep in Russian republics whose dominant religion is not Orthodox Christianity.

In Kazan, the capital of predominantly Muslim Tatarstan, 17-year-old city resident Adilya says such Christian-themed programs risk offending many Tatars. "I'm strongly against it," she says. "I ride trains every day, and I would not like to listen only to Orthodox programs, especially if they are only in Russian. Some people might even find it insulting because it talks about Orthodoxy but not at all about Islam."

The original radio programs used for the project were produced jointly with the Russian Orthodox Church, and three of the five segments are devoted to religion.

Although passengers will reportedly have the option of turning off the sound, church history expert Irina Karatsuba believes that introducing religious content into public spaces such as trains could potentially turn people away from religion.

Railways spokeswoman Miroshnikova, however, denies the initiative amounts to proselytising. "Orthodoxy is part of our country's culture and history, and that's precisely how it is presented in the programs," she told RFE/RL. "Our aim is not to propagandize a particular confession."

Church And State

While Russia formally prides itself on being a multiconfessional state, high-ranking officials have come under growing criticism in recent years for their coziness with the Moscow Patriarchate.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has famously described President Vladimir Putin's lengthy rule as a "miracle of God."

Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin, a close ally of Putin, makes no secret of his devoutness.

His efforts on behalf of Russian Orthodoxy have earned him three church decorations in Russia -- the Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, the Order of Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow, and the Order of St. Andrei Rublyov -- as well as a string of accolades from Orthodox churches in Greece, Serbia, the United States, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

Yakunin is also in charge of flying a light kindled from the "Holy Fire" -- a flame that Orthodox Christians believe emerges in the Jerusalem church that is believed to be the location of Jesus' burial during an ancient Easter rite -- to Moscow every year.

Written and reported by Claire Bigg, with additional reporting from Kazan by RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service
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Old October 20th, 2013, 12:09 PM   #1945
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 12:16 AM   #1946
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 10:49 AM   #1947
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This August I was in St. Petersburg and I was able to ride on Lastochka (Swallow) train from Moskoskiy station to Kolpino station on south-east from the city. So here it is, my impressions from riding. Let's start from destination station - Moskovskiy station. I haven't got picture of facade - I just forgot to do so:



On the station building - tribute for Konstantin Ton, the architect of this and all railway stations along Moscow-St. Petersburg railway and, most importantly, Temple of Chirst the Saver in Moscow:

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Let's look inside:

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Ceiling art of communist era:

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Extented station hall, built in 1967:

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Waiting hall with bust of Peter the Great:

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Lastochka trains arrive and depapt from the Sapsan platforms. I didn't take here many pictures, because conductors were at all sides:

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The Lastochka train itself:

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Inside the train. Very nice, very fast, very quiet. This train constists two separated series of carriages, which are spun-off at Chudnovo station. After that carriages 1-5 are going to Velikiy Novgorod, carriages 6-10 - to Bologoe. Why I chose Kolpino as my destination? Because it's not so far away from St. Peterburg and Novgorod wasn't on my travel list:

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Display inside the carriage:

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The doors:

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So, here we are. Kolpino station, built in 1847, is, of cource, unremarkable station, but...:

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Station entrance:

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Plus two pictures of railway. Findlandskiy station, where Lenin arrived from Zurich:

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And American bridges over Obvodniy Canal. These are new bridges, build in 2008, during the reconstruction of Obvodniy Canal embankment. The old one, standed between 1864-2008, were described as American because of design. Serves St. Petersburg-Moscow rail route:

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Old November 25th, 2013, 05:25 PM   #1948
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Moscow - Kyiv Talgo services to start next year

25 Nov 2013

EUROPE: The Federal Passenger Co business of Russia Railways and Ukrainian national railway UZ have agreed to introduce Talgo rolling stock on two daily Moscow - Kyiv services from the fourth quarter of 2014.

Patentes Talgo is currently finishing production of the first 20-car rake of coaches for RZD. This will have a total capacity of 414 passengers, with nine second and two first class seating cars, five sleeping cars, a restaurant car, a bar car and two generator cars. Delivery is scheduled for March 2014.

The new rolling stock is being designed for operation at up to 200 km/h, with passive tilt and pneumatic suspension to offer faster running speeds and ‘significantly’ improved passenger comfort. Other improvements planned to cut journey times on the 870 km route from around 9 h to about 7 h include the use of dual-voltage 3 kV DC/25 kV AC electric locomotives to eliminate loco changes at Sukhinichi, and carrying out border formalities while the train is on the move.

Federal Passenger Co’s future plans include the use of Talgo gauge-changing rolling stock on services from Moscow to Berlin, which would produce a significant time saving at the break of gauge at Brest on the border between Belarus and Poland.
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Old December 7th, 2013, 06:14 PM   #1949
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Hi there! About Lastochka. It's a chance that this train will work from 2015 on Moscow Little Ring Railway. Here is the photos of it:

http://mkmzd.ru/photo/elektropoezd-es1-lastochka

And this is Moscow Little Ring Railway itself, by the way, there are skyscrapers seen there from some stations:

http://mkmzd.ru/photo/maloe-koltso-mzhd
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Old December 7th, 2013, 09:10 PM   #1950
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Hi there! About Lastochka. It's a chance that this train will work from 2015 on Moscow Little Ring Railway. Here is the photos of it:

http://mkmzd.ru/photo/elektropoezd-es1-lastochka

And this is Moscow Little Ring Railway itself, by the way, there are skyscrapers seen there from some stations:

http://mkmzd.ru/photo/maloe-koltso-mzhd
It's only a suggestion about rail stock. But I think Siemens wouldn't see any battle. If you want to see the progress on this, there is already thread about this project
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Old December 8th, 2013, 06:35 PM   #1951
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Last week in Volgograd Russian Railway congratulated its 1 billionth passenger:



Link in Russian: http://vpravda.ru/News/Economy/13471
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Old December 8th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #1952
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It's only a suggestion about rail stock. But I think Siemens wouldn't see any battle. If you want to see the progress on this, there is already thread about this project
Main contender is Alstom Coradia Legato under aka ED10. Though both Alstom Coradia and Siemens Desire does not suits well for urban lines and designed for intercity connections. Not sure what they thinking about in RZD considering intercity trains for urban services...
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #1953
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Main contender is Alstom Coradia Legato under aka ED10. Though both Alstom Coradia and Siemens Desire does not suits well for urban lines and designed for intercity connections. Not sure what they thinking about in RZD considering intercity trains for urban services...
What do you think, if Bombardier or anybody else (expect Alstom and Siemens) had production of trains in Russia, could they win the bid?
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Old December 19th, 2013, 06:15 PM   #1954
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Makhalino - Hunchun cross-border railway upgraded
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ASIA: The first revenue train carried coal over the reopened cross-border line between Makhalino in Russia and Hunchun in China on December 17. The line opened in 1999 but services were suspended in 2004.

The infrastructure has now been upgraded by Russian Railways' Far Eastern Railway for use by transit freight from China to the port of Zarubino, from where it can be shipped to Japan, South Korea and other Asia-Pacific countries.

RZD estimates that traffic will grow from an initial 2 million tonnes/year to 8 million tonnes/year, with 4·5 million tonnes of exports and 3·5 million tonnes of exports. In the longer term traffic could reach 15 million tonnes.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #1955
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Siemens delivers new high-speed Sapsan train to Russia
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The first of a new fleet of Sapsan trains, which will double the number of high-speed units operating in Russia, has been delivered by Siemens.

Russian Railways (RZD) welcomed the first of the new fleet [not pictured] of eight 10-car Velaro units at Ust-Luga earlier this week.

The new high-speed trains are part of a €600 million order placed in 2011 which also included a 30-year maintenance contract.

Siemens has said that the new vehicles, which were built in Krefeld, will eventually be transported to the company’s Metallostroy depot depot near Saint Petersburg.

Another train is expected to be delivered by the end of the month, with all eight vehicles due to arrive in Russia by the middle of next year.

Although similar to the German ICE 3, the Sapsan, which has operated on the Moscow – St Petersburg and Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod routes since 2009, is actually 33 centimeters wider to operate on Russia broad gauge network.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 10:54 AM   #1956
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Probably you've heard the latest news - a kamikadze explode himself and left 17 others dead and 38 injured in Volgograd station. Here is CCTV footage:



More by this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25541019
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Also there was suggestion that bomber was male, but it has been ruled out very soon
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Pictures of new Adler station, ready cope with thousands of viewers during Olympics:













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Old January 7th, 2014, 09:15 PM   #1960
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How punctual are trains in Russia?

Hello, I live in Holland and here trains are often late, delayed in part by accidents and suicides but also when there is snow, storms, when falling autumn leaves make tracks slippery, failures of signals and switches, etc.
I've heard that in Russia trains and tracks are better prepared for adverse weather conditions and that even on big distances in Siberia trains run very punctually, is that really so?
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