This article describes progress in constructing the first purpose- built high-speed railway line in Russia, between St Petersburg and Moscow. The whole line will be a 654km long double track line, able to carry trains at 300kph. Its initial 147km long section is being built between St Petersburg and Melnikovo, which will serve Novgorod, which is to be developed as a major cultural and tourist centre. The new line will be built to the west of the existing railway and approximately parallel to it. It will attract many passengers, because at present the existing line satisfies only 80% of the rail travel market between St Petersburg and Moscow, and is also severely strained. The Rubin VSM-250 high-speed trains will have a design based on that of the ER-200 train operating on the existing route. Each train will be able to carry up to 912 passengers. The first VSM-250 train is due to operate on the completion of the St Petersburg to Melnikovo section in 1996. After that, the new line will be constructed in stages, and it should be finished by 2000, by which time a 350kph super-train should be ready.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

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  • Publication Date: 1993-11


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  • Pagination: p. 36
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  • Accession Number: 00662542
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM