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Old January 7th, 2014, 09:53 PM   #1961
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it is true, maybe trains are just different, idk but even in a heavy snowfall and storm all the trains (especially EMUs) go strictly in schedule

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Old January 7th, 2014, 09:55 PM   #1962
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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?
Well, I would not say "very" punctually, but yes, they run mostly on time. The weather sometimes can be an issue, but generally railroads are prepared for it since what in Europe being called as "adverse weather conditions" are generally normal for Russian winter.

There are standards for passenger trains in Russia - like 99% (if I'm not mistaken) of trains should arrive on time. That may not be true for some local trains in some remote regions, but I doubt you will ever use one of them.

All of the delays that I personally remember last years were either insignificant (like no more than 2-3 minutes) or connected with very rare and unpredictable events like forest fires that came too close to the railroad.

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Old January 8th, 2014, 11:11 AM   #1963
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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?
Well, yes. I am using long-distance trains at least several times a year but only remember three cases of delay for more than 15 minutes. Why is it so? First of all, punctuality is prioritized over speed. Timetables are never complied with highest possible speed in mind, they always give a lot of room to catch schedule. Infrastructure and rolling stock are also designed for "adverse weather conditions". For example, there are no 4-axle locos in Russia (E5K comes to mind but only about 30 of them were ever made). While giving better economy on a good day, these lose too much traction on slippery track. Switches on mainlines are only laid on stations or manned posts (exceptions are extremely rare) so nothing can fail away from people who can at least try to fix or operate it manually. Traffic control has a mode of operating over phone and visual control in case of signal system failure. And lots of other stuff, this list is really long.
Such measures take their toll on energy and workforce efficiency (to make this possible, Russian railroads employ more than million people, after all) but they are vital for such vast country with insufficient paved road network. And by the way, Russian railroad is paramilitary structure. Its workers still have ranks and insignias.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 06:36 AM   #1964
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Port Ust-Luga (Leningrad region) has completed unloading of the first Sapsan train which arrived from Germany under the second order of Russian Railways for eight trains. Upon completion of precommissioning operations the train will be delivered to Metallostroi depot (Saint-Petersburg), Siemens LLC says.

By the end of December, one more train of the series will arrive at Russia. Iemens plans to complete delivery of high-speed trains by the middle of 2014.

Four single-voltage (EVS1) trains entered passenger service at the end of 2009 on the Moscow - St Petersburg route, with the dual-system trains (EVS2) entering service on the Nizhny Novgorod route on 30 July 2010. On December 19, 2011, a 600 million euro order for an additional 8 EVS2 sets was signed.

The Sapsan train is based on the Velaro platform, which is the most successful high-speed train in the world. The platform had been adapted to meet the requirements of Russian Railways. When developing Sapsan, Russian and German specialists obtained over 60 joint patents for technical solutions. The trains of the series can travel at a speed of up to 250 km/h. The Russian model of the Velaro train has been adapted to withstand the harsh winter temperatures in Russia (from -40 to +40 degrees Celsius).

The total length of each ten-car train is 250 m (820 ft), carrying up to 600 passengers. The trains’ bodies are widened by 330 mm (13 in) to 3,265 mm (10 ft 8.5 in) to suit Russia's wide loading gauge.

Siemens LLC is the head company of the regional cluster “Russia and Central Asia” comprising Russia, Balarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Siemens in Russia and Central Asia numbers about 3,300 of personnel. The volume of orders in Russia, Belarus and Central Asia 2013 (as of September 30) was about EUR 2.4 bln, sales turnover exceeded EUR 2.4 bln.
http://en.portnews.ru/news/171855/


http://rzd-expo.ru/developments/detail.php?ID=130019

http://rzd-expo.ru/developments/detail.php?ID=130019

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http://rzd-expo.ru/developments/detail.php?ID=130019


http://www.rzdtv.ru/2013/12/04/v-ros...vyie-sapsanyi/


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Old January 17th, 2014, 10:08 PM   #1965
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Some new photos from the olympic Sochi

main railway terminal in Adler
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this station is located on the sea shore. Here is an outdoor terrace
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the main entrance
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the waiting area
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4 escalators in the entrance
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and some views from the outdoor terrace
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the elektrichka is arriving
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Moving through the landing zone right behind the Sochi airport
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Leavin' the coastal cluster...
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... and entering the mountain cluster
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this is the end station. Here one can use the different cablecars movin' to 2 ski resorts (Alpika-service and Rosa Khutor)
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the main rolling stock is Siemens Desiro (ЭС1 in russian classification)
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This is the station of cablecar which can move you to Gazprom's alpika-service ski resort
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Russia welcomes you to '14 Olympics!

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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:26 AM   #1966
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Old January 21st, 2014, 02:12 PM   #1967
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these pictures might be in this thread
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Old February 7th, 2014, 12:21 PM   #1968
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EP20:


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Old February 12th, 2014, 02:28 PM   #1969
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Russian Railways to reduce stake in Aeroexpress
12 Feb 2014



Stadler Rail's Altenrhein factory in Switzerland has produced the first aluminium bodyshell for the double-deck EMUs ordered by Aeroexpress.

RUSSIA: The Russian Railways board has approved the sale of half of its 50% stake in airport train operator Aeroexpress to TransGroup subsidiary Delta-Trans-Invest, which currently has a 25% shareholding.

The reported price of €11·7m is based on a market value calculated by an independent appraiser.

Announcing the planned sale on February 11, RZD said it was still interested in the development of Aeroexpress, but 'significant underfunding of its own railway infrastructure' means it lacked the financial resources needed for investment in the air-rail operator.

Aeroexpress runs trains to Moscow's Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports, provides suburban services to Lobnya and operates airport trains in Kazan and Vladivostok. More than 20·1 million passengers were carried in 2013.

It also acts as an agent for RZD, providing ticket sales and passenger services on the Sochi airport rail link and leasing out space at the Sheremetyevo rail terminal.

Aeroexpress current shareholding:
  • Russian Railways 50%
  • TransGroup (Delta-Trans-Invest) 25%
  • Iskander Makhmudov 17·5%
  • Andrei Bokarev 7·5%
Stadler Rail's Altenrhein factory in Switzerland has produced the first aluminium bodyshell for the 25 double-deck EMUs which Aeroexpress ordered in May 2013 at cost of €381m. The first EMU is scheduled to be delivered to Russia for certification in October 2014, with entry into service on the Moscow routes planned for June 2015. Gazprombank is providing a 15-year financing package for the EMUs, while SERV Swiss Export Risk Insurance is providing project risk insurance in roubles for the first time.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 05:47 PM   #1970
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Russian Railways to spend 76.1 billion roubles on new locomotives in 2014


The 2014 Investment Programme at Russian Railways provides for the purchase of 629 new locomotives, consisting of 352 electric and 277 diesel locomotives, at a total cost of 76,1 billion roubles.
It is expected that the fleet will be supplemented by:
direct current electric freight locomotives with the 2ES10 Granite asynchronous traction drive (40 units),
alternating current electric freight locomotives with the 2ES5 asynchronous traction drive (5 units),
alternating current electric freight locomotives 2ES5K (8 units),
direct current electric freight locomotives 2ES6 Sinara (110 units),
alternating current electric freight locomotives 3ES5K Yermak (121 units),
direct current electric freight locomotives 3ES4K (1 unit),
2TE116U diesel freight locomotives (74 units),
diesel freight locomotives with 2TE25A Vityaz asynchronous traction drive (8 units) and 2TE25AM with MTU diesel (7 units),
3TE116Y (24 units),
2TE116UD with diesel by General Electric (40 units)
main line gas turbine locomotive GT1h running on liquefied natural gas (1 unit).
It is also planned to purchase:
12 EP20 dual-voltage electric passenger locomotives,
50 EP2K direct current passenger electric locomotives,
5 passenger alternating current electric locomotives EP1M,
30 TEP70BS diesel passenger locomotives.
Also, the fleet of shunting locomotives will be supplemented by:
40 TEM18DM diesel locomotives,
20 TEM18V diesel locomotives with diesel engines made by the Finnish company Wärtsilä,
23 TEM7A diesel locomotives
8 TG16M diesel locomotives,
TEM9N diesel locomotives with a hybrid power plant (1 unit) and TEM19 with a gas reciprocating engine (1 unit).
In 2013, Russian Railways purchased 804 locomotives at a total cost of 83.5 billion roubles.
The Company's fleet currently consists of more than 20,000 locomotives.
http://eng.rzd.ru/newse/public/en?ST...3920&id=106325

2ES10 Granite (2ЭC10 "Гранит"), Sinara Group (Ural locomotive factory), Ekaterinburg, Russia:

http://www.train-photo.ru/details.ph...42&mode=search

2ES5 (2ЭС5), Transmashholding (Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive factory), Novocherkassk, Russia:

http://trainpix.org/photo/74951/

2ES5K (2ЭС5К), Transmashholding (Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive factory), Novocherkassk, Russia:

http://www.train-photo.ru/details.ph...59&mode=search

2ES6 Sinara (2ЭС6 "Синара"), Sinara Group (Ural locomotive factory), Ekaterinburg, Russia:

http://www.train-photo.ru/details.ph...82&mode=search

3ES5K Yermak (3ЭС5К "Ермак"), Transmashholding (Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive factory), Novocherkassk, Russia:

http://www.train-photo.ru/details.ph...56&mode=search

3ES4K (3ЭС4К), Transmashholding (Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive factory), Novocherkassk, Russia:
Not photo (new locomotive).

2TE25A/AM Vityaz (2ТЭ25А/AM "Витязь"), Transmashholding (Bryansk Machine-building Plant), Bryansk, Russia:

http://www.train-photo.ru/details.ph...65&mode=search

2TE116U/UD (2ТЭ116У/УД), Transmashholding (Luhansk Lokomotive factory), Luhansk, Ukraine:

http://trainpix.org/photo/73865/

3TE116Y (3ТЭ116У), Transmashholding (Luhansk Lokomotive factory), Luhansk, Ukraine:

http://trainpix.org/photo/89953/

GT1h (ГТ1h), Sinara Group (Lyudinovsky Locomotive Plant), Lyudinovo (Kaluga region), Russia:

http://trainpix.org/photo/62032/

EP20 (ЭП20), Transmashholding (Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive factory), Novocherkassk, Russia:

http://trainpix.org/photo/73941/

EP2K (ЭП2К),Transmashholding (Kolomna Locomotive factory), Kolomna (Moscow region), Russia:

http://www.train-photo.ru/details.ph...17&mode=search

EP1M (ЭП1М), Transmashholding (Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive factory), Novocherkassk, Russia:

http://www.train-photo.ru/details.ph...42&mode=search

TEP70BS (ТЭП70БС), Transmashholding (Kolomna Locomotive factory), Kolomna (Moscow region), Russia:

http://www.train-photo.ru/details.ph...40&mode=search

TEM18DM (ТЭМ18ДМ), Transmashholding (Bryansk Machine-building Plant), Bryansk, Russia:

http://trainpix.org/photo/91039/

TEM18V (ТЭМ18В), Transmashholding (Bryansk Machine-building Plant), Bryansk, Russia:

http://trainpix.org/photo/74073/

TEM7A (ТЭМ7А), Sinara Group (Lyudinovsky Locomotive Plant), Lyudinovo (Kaluga region), Russia:

http://trainpix.org/photo/84691/

TG16M (ТГ16М), Sinara Group (Lyudinovsky Locomotive Plant), Lyudinovo (Kaluga region), Russia:
New lokomotive, concept:

http://sinara-group.com/about/struct...ion_LTZ/TG16M/

TEM9N (ТЭМ9H), Sinara Group (Lyudinovsky Locomotive Plant), Lyudinovo (Kaluga region), Russia:

http://trainpix.org/photo/37805/

TEM19 (ТЭМ19), Sinara Group (Lyudinovsky Locomotive Plant), Lyudinovo (Kaluga region), Russia:

http://trainpix.org/photo/74039/
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Old February 14th, 2014, 01:16 AM   #1971
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EP20 loco with Moscow-Nizhni Novgorod "Burevestnik" express train




EP10 loco with same train

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EP10 loco with Moscow-Voronezh express train

and EP20 with same train

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EP10 loco with Kyiv-Moscow overnight express

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From Global Rail News:

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Two million passengers use Sochi Lastocka trains
18 FEB, 2014



Sochi’s Lastocka trains have transported more than two million passengers since the start of the Winter Olympics, according to Russian Railways.

The national rail operator has indicated that passenger numbers have grown substantially as the level of competition has increased on the mountain, from 121,000 on the opening day to 281,000 on February 16.

On the opening day of the competition, 198 trains arrived and departed from the Olympic station in Adler – six more than originally planned.
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Moscow commuter EMU order signed
05 Mar 2014







RUSSIA: Commuter train operator Central Suburban Passenger Co has ordered 26 ED4M electric multiple-units from Transmashholding's Demikhovo plant for use around Moscow.

Central PPK has also signed a memorandum of co-operation with Vnesheconombank, which is to explore the possibility of financing future train orders. Central PPK plans to update its fleet with the acquisition of more than 50 EMUs over the next three years.

The four 12-car and 22 11-car EMUs ordered on February 26 are scheduled to be delivered by the end of the year. Based on the manufacturer's ED4M-500 family, they will feature air-conditioning, CCTV, onboard diagnostic systems, accessible toilets and enclosed inter-vehicle gangways
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Old March 7th, 2014, 03:39 PM   #1977
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I wonder, how much longer they will continue raping rotting corpse of ER series based designs? They are from late 70s, for God's sake!
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I wonder, how much longer they will continue raping rotting corpse of ER series based designs? They are from late 70s, for God's sake!
Until someone will order them...
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Until someone will order them...
That's kind of wicked circle - PPKs keep ordering, because there is no alternative train, DMZ keep producing, because trains are selling anyway...
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That's kind of wicked circle - PPKs keep ordering, because there is no alternative train
There are dozens of them in Russia, Europe and Asia.
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