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High Speed Rail - Russia

High Speed Rail - RussiaRussia is one of the latest members to the (super) high speed club. While the country had impressive goals in its Soviet period on the super high speed railroading, these had little results, while the emphasis on the high technology was on the military side, not the well being of its citizens.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stated 08 November 2011 that Russia needed a separate state program for the development of high-speed rail transport. According to him, the current high-speed trains, which were recently launched in Russia, are by Western standards not so fast in the full sense of the word. "Yes, it is faster than we traveled, but not yet high-speed, so I propose to think about creating a state program to develop high-speed railway traffic," he said. V.Putin noted that, given the size of the country, this program would be in demand and important for the development of the economy as a whole.

Under the auspices of the German-Russian Chamber of Foreign Trade, the German Initiative for High-Speed Transportation in Russia has been formed. In May 2006, Russian Railways and Siemens Transportation Systems signed an agreement on the delivery of 8 high-speed trains (the cost of the contract was 276 million euros) capable of speeds of up to 250 km/h (possibly with an increase of up to 330 km/h). In December 2009, the Sapsan (Peregrine, like the falcon) entered into service, becoming the first Russian high-speed train. Running between St. Petersburg and Moscow, the service by this Siemens-built Velaro cut the land travel time from overnight to about 4 hours, making it competitive timewise going from city center to city center with air travel (without the associated hassles).

Eventually, if the Russian Railway Ministry has its way, the Sapsan RUS EVS will be employed along an extensive system of new high-speed rail lines that will extend across Eurasia, removing bottlenecks at the nations airports, improving travel efficiency for businessmen going between cities, and providing more luxury travel options for those who want to see this great country for themselves.

A year later, Allegro, produced by the French train company Alstom, entered service, offering high speed rail between Helsinki in neighboring Finland and both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Siemens was doing well in Russia. Siemens has dominated the development of Russian high-speed rail with innovations created specifically for Russian Railways. On 23 January 2013, Siemens improved its domination of the development of Russian high-speed rail with a second innovation created specifically for Russian Railways, the Desiro RUS electric light rail train, better known as the Lastochka. The Lastochka ES2G EMUs are manufactured by the Ural Locomotives factory.

According to the president of RZD Vladimir Yakunin, there was no sense in localizing the production of high-speed Sapsan trains. The head of RZD motivated his 13 april 2011 statement by the fact that the need for Sapsan trains was limited, and therefore 8 trains from Siemens were purchased in Germany. Meanwhile, with Siemens, an agreement had been reached on the production of Desiro trains, taking into account Russian requirements. The first trains would be assembled in Germany and travel to Sochi under the brand "Swallow", and by 2018 they would be produced at Russian facilities.

The round table of the international exhibition INNOPROM-2017 in Yekaterinburg on 17 July 2017 was dedicated to the development of transport and infrastructure projects in Russia. Alexander Misharin, CEO of High-Speed Rail Lines, responded that the manufacturer for the the Moscow-Kazan HSR would be selected based on the results of the tender. "The most important thing is that today we can start producing high-speed rolling stock in Russia. It will be the rolling stock created with colleagues from China, Germany, but it will be produced in Russia," Misharin stressed. In addition, the project will require modernization, today the rails for HSR can be produced by Evraz Holding and the Chelyabinsk plant. There is a program of modernization of the construction industry regarding creating reinforced concrete structures for the production of elevated structures. Even 100 km of elevated rail lines and bridge structures is a very large order. All this is a serious challenge to domestic industry and science."

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