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Concept of Russian high-speed train, source: Russian Railways (RZD)

Russian Railways unveils concept of high-speed train

A concept of a 12-car high-speed train was unveiled on Tuesday at the 12th International Forum and Exhibition Transport of Russia by High-Speed Rail Lines, subsidiary of Russian Railways. This type of rolling stock will run on the planned Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway. Construction of this line is expected to start in 2019.

The unveiled high-speed train consists of six power cars and six trailing ones. It has four service classes: first (one car), business (one car), economy (four cars) and tourist (five cars). Additionally, there is one bar car for the consumption of food and drinks. The train has 682 seats in passenger cars and 40 seats in the bar car. Its maximum speed is 400 kilometres per hour.

According to High-Speed Rail Lines, the trainset may be expanded to the 16-car composition. The manufacturer of the future trains will be chosen via procurement proceeding.

Russia is planning to construct the Moscow-Kazan high-speed line for 1.7 trillion Rubles (23 billion Euros). It allows trains to run at an average speed of 360 kilometres per hour. Construction works were expected to start this year but were delayed until next year. The new line will speed up the connection between Moscow and Kazan fourfold, from 14 to 3.5 hours.

High-speed trains in Russia

Currently, Russian Railways operates 16 high-speed trains. The Sapsan trains (Russian for Peregrine Falcon) were designed and built by Siemens, based on its Velaro platform. The 10-car units ride on the two routes, from Moscow to Saint Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, with a maximum speed of 250 kilometres per hour. From 2009 to 2017, Sapsan trains carried 28 million passengers.

Additionally, Russian Railways uses other types of high-speed trains. Since December 2010, Allegro trains run between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki at a maximum speed of 220 kilometres per hour. The seven-car units were manufactured by Alstom on the base of Pendolino platform. Four trains running on the route operates by Karelian Trains, a joint venture of Russian Railways and Finnish Railways. They carried around 3 million passengers since the start of the service.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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