On 7 January 2014, 50% of the full Olympic timetable for the Lastochka electric trains running on the Black Sea coast came into effect.
At this stage, the timetable includes 222 Lastochka electric trains operating as follows on the routes shown below:
- Sochi – Adler – Olympic Park – Sochi (119 trains);
- Olympic Park – Krasnaya Polyana – Olympic Park (18 trains);
- Sochi – Adler – Krasnaya Polyana – Sochi (50 trains);
- Sochi – Sochi Airport – Sochi (35 trains).
The distance between Sochi and the Olympic Park is 30.7 km, 46.1 km between the Olympic Park – Krasnaya Polyana, 71.2 km between Sochi – Krasnaya Polyana, 26 km between Sochi – Sochi Airport and 3 km between Adler – Sochi Airport.
From 24 January 2014 – the period of the Sochi-2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games – the timetable will be implemented fully. Every hour, 4 trains will run from Krasnaya Polyana to Adler and 4 trains in the opposite direction, from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana.
Russian Railways guarantees it will provide transportation of around 7,000 passengers per hour and will have 38 Lastochka trains in service to meet these scheduled targets during the Sochi-2014 Olympic Games.
The Lastochka, in translation “Little Swallow”, high-speed train was developed by the German company Siemens AG. It consists of 5 carriages with a total length of up to 130 meters. The train can reach speeds of up to 160 kph.
Source* RZD, photo copyright RZD