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RM Rail to supply of freight cars to Cuba

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RM Rail (part of Russian Machines Сorporation managing machine building facilities of Basic Element industrial group) has signed a new contract for the supply of rolling stock to the Republic of Cuba. RM Rail will produce 225 rail cars, including 50 sugar hoppers, 70 60-ft container flat cars and 105 box cars …

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Russia’s first triple-unit freight locomotive to begin trials

Russia’s first triple-unit freight locomotive to begin trials

Bryansk Engineering Plant (BMZ), part of Transmashholding, has presented a prototype of a triple-unit freight locomotive designed specifically for operations on the Baikal-Amur Railway. The 3TE25K2M diesel locomotive, available in triple or in double unit variant, will continuously haul 7100-tonne freight trains on the 2800 km-long Taksimo-Sovetskaya Gavan route. 3TE25K2M locomotive units are equipped with a 3.1MW diesel …

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St Petersburg Metro to attract RUB 20 bn for development projects

St. Petersburg Metro launches tender for 27 new metro trains

St Petersburg Metro plans to attract RUB 20 bn (EUR 325 million) for rolling stock and infrastructure development projects until 2021. From 2016 to 2021 years, St Petersburg Metro plans RUB 20.4 billion investments. The company will obtain a RUB 12.4 billion loan for the purchase of rolling stock to operate on Line 3. Another RUB …

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GTh1 gas turbine locomotive enters regular service in Russia

GTh1 gas turbine locomotive enters regular service in Russia

Russian Railways (RZD) subsidiary Sverdlovsk Railway has introduced into operation the LNG gas turbine GTh1-002 freight locomotive on Egorshino – Alapayevsk – Serov -Marshaling Yard rail line.  In May 2016, GTh1-002 successfully pulled a train weighing 9,000 tons along the 700 km long Surgut – Voinovka rail section, without refueling at intermediate stations. In the …

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Russian Railways to expand into Greece and Serbia’s rail markets

Serbian Railways to sign two more annexes of the Russian state loan contract

Russian Railways (RZD)  has announced plans to create in H1 2017 a joint venture company in Greece for providing rail transport, Russian press informed quoting the RZD’s vice president, Aleksandr Misharin. RZD has already sent proposals for the establishment of the operator to the Greek Ministry of Transport.  In Serbia, RZD International, a subsidiary of …

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40% of Russian Railways’ tickets sold online

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In 2016, Russian Railways (RZD) sold 40% of its train tickets via the online sale channel. On the 26th of February, the official mobile app of Russian Railways, Train Tickets, will become available for free on Android smartphones and tablets at Google Play stores and Play Market. With this app, …

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Russian Railways posts increase in passenger numbers in 2016

Russian Railways posts increase in passenger numbers in 2016

Russian Railways (RZD) transported 1.0371 billion passengers in 2016, an increase of 1.6% y.o.y. Long-distance passenger numbers amounted to 101.4 million, an increase of 3.6% on the previous year, while suburban commuters were up 1.4% to 935.7 million. Passenger turnover on the Russian Railways’ network increased by 3.4% in 2016 …

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UVC to launch mass production of box cars

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United Wagon Company  has obtained a certificate for mass production of box cars, equipped with bogies with increased axle load. Even at stages of development and trial operation, the new rolling stock has aroused interest in railway operators to purchase it. Box car of model 11-6874 is a new type …

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St Petersburg Metro and OEVRZ sign metro trains contract

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St Petersburg Metro and Oktyrbrsky Electric Plant (OEVRZ), a subsidiary of Transmashholding (TMH), have signed a RUB 13.8 bn (EUR 218 million) contract for the supply of 40 metro trains. Deliveries will take place from January to May 2018 (eight trains per month).  The trains have asynchronous traction motors which are expected …

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Russian researchers develop new heat treatment method for increasing freight cars resistance

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A team of Russia’s National University of Science and Technology MISiS (NUST MISIS) researchers have developed a unique technology for preventing solebars in freight car trucks from breaking. Their invention is expected to increase the fatigue limit and fatigue strength of solebars by 50 percent, and reduce the number of elements that break down in the course of operation. The conditions in which trains are …

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