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|4rail.net - Super High Speed in Russia|
is one of the latest members to
the (super) high speed club. While the country had impressive goals in
Soviet period on the super high speed railroading, these had
results, while the emphasis on the high technology was on the
side, not the well being of its citizens. From
the Soviet period the Russians has had three units of type ER-200,
an 200 km/h (125 mph) EMUs until recently. One of the trains has even
rebuilt and is back in the traffic. The current Russia has had so far
plans, all of which have been carried through. These include upgrading
line speeds and acquiring initial super high speed and high speed
"Sapsan" units have been successfully launched and the Karelian Trains
(RzD subsidiary) Allegro Pendolinos are soon in traffic
as well. These
are supplemented by more traditional locomotive hauled trains behind
the Chs6 and Chs200 units. The above mentioned are just the beginning,
since the vast country will benefit enormously from the high speed
The now in traffic Velaros and future Pendolonos can't meet all the
high speed railroading needs as the numbers are barely over 10 units
This means that the Chs6 and Chs200 fleet will remain in
place to add
capacity for the "almost" high speed
trains in traffic. Here the Chs6 number 007 is seen sitting idle
outside the St Petersburg
station locomotive works between the assignments. Picture by John McKey
addition to these the Russian RzD - Finnish VR now has 4 Allegro
through their joint venture Karelian Trains. Below a picture of a unit
during the initial tests in Kerava area in Finland. Picture by
there have also been rumors on Talgo super high speed tests to study
the possibility to use normal or high speed connection with variable
change rolling stock between Moscow Russia and Berlin
The Sokol Test Trains Project
One of the Soviet period not so lucky projects on high speed arena was the Sokol 250 test train for (super) high speeds. See the special report by Stanislav Voronin on the Sokol test train being testdriven on the test rink! In the end the Sokol never got anywhere due to missing desgn skills and/or money.
Picture: the Sapsan shares the same stylish look as its 'grand father' ICE3 train in Munich Germany. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.
Russian High Speed Lines
Latest line development decided
is the true high speed line between the cities of St Petersburg and
Moscow. This line will be high speed only and help avoid the current
disturbances to other traffic caused by Sapsans. Acoording to local
soruces, the disturbances have been severe.
Russian Super High Speed and
High Speed Trains
Pictures. Sapsan outside...and futuristic inside!
& Pendolino Menu
Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Sanna Siissalo, Stanislav Voronin, Hannu Peltola, Siemens AG and John McKey.
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The Virgin Trains Pendolino class 390 is one of the many pendolinos found on the 4rail.net Pendolino page.
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One of the always popular trains is the Russian super high speed test train Sokol. While Sokol was a product in the wrong time period, the Russia today has an impressive high speed program starting.
Maglev of Germany and China starts the new generation of floating on the rail, the new comfort level of travelling!
|Newer Russian High Speed Production Units|
|Velaro Rus / Sapsan|
is a close relative to other modern Velaro trains used around the
world. The 8 units currently delivered will be operated by the RZD, the
Builder: Siemens AG in Germany
Picture Below: light and comfortable travel accommodations for the Russian taste. The greater than normal width (Russia has a modern broad loading gauge) allows more spacious compartments than for instance in Spain or United Kingdom. +30-40 centimeters makes miracles!
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interesting pages in this category on
On High Speed:
Super Fast Trains Main Page
Super High Speed Trains News
Super High Speed Trains records Page
TGV & AGV page
Intercity Express - ICE and Velaro Page
Shinkansen picture & fact page
Watching Super Fast Train at Paris Gare du Nord
The SNCF TGV Roster Page
Pendolino special page
Cisalpino (ETR470 Pendolino) story by Ilkka Siissalo in the Swiss section!
Sokol from Russia
High Speed in Russia
Super High Speed Efforts in the U.S.
Super High Speed in China
Maglev technology Page - levitation on the rail
Super High Speed Lines and Corridors...
High Speed Services:
Allegro - Helsinki Finland to St Petersburg Russia
AVE - High Speed service of Renfe Spain
Cisalpino - The Former Joint Venture of SBB/CFF and Trenitalia
FYRA - High Speed service of NS and SNCB in Benelux countries
Sapsan - High Speed service of RzD of Russia
Thalys - High Speed service from France to Benelux countries
TGV - High Speed service of SNCF in France
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