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Trans-Siberian Railway celebrates 100 years

Rail industry news / 7 October 2016 /

The last stretch of the Trans-Siberian Railway—a bridge across the Amur River— opened on 05 October 1916 in Khabarovsk.

Russia: Focusing on project delivery to meet long-term goals

Issue 1 2016 / 4 February 2016 /

The main aim of JSC Russian Railways holding company is to provide a decent and ‘always-available’ service for passengers, plus provide safe mode of transportation on the Russian railway infrastructure. To meet this aim, Senior Vice-President for Innovation Development – Chief Engineer Valentin Gapanovich, explains that various innovative technical and technological inventions have been used…

Russian Railways’ infrastructure ready to serve Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Issue 1 2014 / 12 February 2014 /

In February 2014, the Russian city of Sochi on the Black Sea will host the Winter Olympic Games followed by the Paralympic Games in March 2014. Over the past few years the city has been completely transformed with new sporting facilities, housing and transportation interchanges being constructed. Russian Railways, one of the largest companies in the country, could not ignore this main sporting event and we have contributed to the infrastructure of Sochi to help support the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

First high-speed rail mainline in Russia to connect Moscow and Kazan

Rail industry news / 28 May 2013 /

“High-speed rail equipment, its infrastructure are absolute 21st century elements…”

Russian Railways’ rolling stock investments

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

Today, passengers expect speed, comfort, and safety. Russian Railways intends to exceed all of these expectations and we believe it is impossible to achieve these goals without investing in modern rolling stock.

Dynamic services to satisfy passengers

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

Aeroexpress is a dynamic Russian company providing intermodal and local rail transport services between the capital and all of the major Moscow airports (Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo), as well as the town of Lobnya. New intermodal transportation services were launched between the central rail terminal of Sochi and Adler Airport on 15 February 2012 – locations which are going to be particularly popular during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. On 20 July 2012, a regular intermodal link commenced services in Vladivostok, where Aeroexpress trains now connect with the newly-built Knevichi Airport and the city’s central rail terminal.

High Speed Rail supplement 2012 (free to view)

Issue 3 2012, Supplements / 8 June 2012 /

This free to view High Speed Rail supplement is sponsored by Vossloh, Talgo and Walenberg Rail Assessment:
Russia’s future high-speed plans (Vladimir Yakunin, President, Russian Railways)
Fast forwarding to a high-speed future (Alistair Gordon, CEO, Keolis UK)
Show Preview: UIC HIGHSPEED 2012

2014 Winter Olympics construction projects of Russian Railways

Issue 3 2012 / 8 June 2012 /

In February 2010, Russian Railways and the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee signed a partnership agreement, which gave Russian Railways official status as the general partner of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Organising such a major event necessitates a high level of arrangements, and transport accessibility plays one of the key roles.

Within the framework of preparations for the XXII Olympic Winter Games and the XI Winter Paralympics 2014, Russian Railways is playing a key role in creating a new modern transport infrastructure. The company prides itself on developing and carrying out projects that are unique, not only for Russia, but with regard to the world practice too.

In total, Russian Railways is constructing 157km of routes in the area of the Olympics. Regardless of the fact that most construction sites lie in the mountains with challenging engineering-geological profiles, Russian Railways is building 12 mountain tunnels, with a total length of 30km. The company is also building six infrastructure facilities, two of which are already completed.

Brunswick Rail acquires Proftrans

Rail industry news / 30 August 2011 /

Brunswick Rail, Russia’s leading railcar operating lessor, has announced the purchase of the rail operator Proftrans…

Reforming Russia’s railway network: final phase

Issue 3 2011 / 31 May 2011 /

The restructuring of the railway, which has traditionally been a natural monopoly sector of the economy, is an important benchmark for the economic development of all European countries. Russia too is currently in the process of reforming its rail transport, in line with a government-approved programme that has now reached its final phase. Structural reforms are carried out under the close scrutiny of the country’s leadership, and reform issues are discussed at government meetings every year. Ongoing reforms on Russia’s railway network are also approved by experts from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport.

Russian Railways’ financial results provide the clearest indication of the success of this restructuring process, which began in 2001. In 2003, Russian Railways was created as a joint stock company on the basis of the Railway Ministry, with 100% of shares held by the government. This brought a separation of the roles of state management and economic activity on the railway.

Siemens to build first regional trains for Russian city Sochi

Rail industry news / 26 April 2011 /

The first 38 of the Desiro RUS type regional trains are to be built at the Siemens plant in Krefeld, Germany…

Developing high-speed rail transport in Russia

Issue 4 2010 / 4 August 2010 /

The changing economic situation in Russia, and the increase in business and transport activity among the country’s population in recent years, served as an incentive to draw up the Programme for the Development of High-Speed and Very High-Speed Transport, as part of the Strategy for Developing Rail Transport in the Russian Federation up to 2030, adopted by the Russian government in June 2008.

The company is confident that the implementation of this programme will allow it to position rail, in the passenger transport sector, as a competitive service able to provide a high-quality transport product for the Russian population, while yielding profits for the company.

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