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Russia’s three tiers of rail services

Historically the USSR was served by three tiers of rail services: metro, suburban, and long distance. Each operated with a distinct style of rolling stock, even 20 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, these three families of train are still visible today across Russia.

Moscow Metro train paralleling the mainline railway outside Киевский вокзал (Kievskiy vokzal) Continue reading

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Sapsan – the train more like a plane

The premier high speed train of the Russian Railways fleet is the «Сапсан» (Sapsan). Linking Moscow to Saint Petersburg, the Sapsan has a top service speed of 250 km/h, and a level of onboard service more like an aircraft than than train.

«Sapsan» train on the Moscow — Saint Petersburg route (photo by Sergey Korovkin, via Wikimedia Commons) Continue reading

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Russian high-speed railways and level crossings

Russia’s fastest train is the Сапсан (Sapsan) which links Moscow to Saint Petersburg at speeds of up to 250 km/h (155 mph). It entered service in December 2009 on existing railway tracks, which raised safety concerns in the villages along the way. So how did they react?

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Odd sights onboard Russia’s Sapsan train

The flagship train of the Russian Railways is the Сапсан (Sapsan) – with a maximum speed of 250 km/h it links the capital of Moscow with Saint Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod in half the time of normal trains. However this is Russia, and what you find inside may amuse.

Sapsan train passing through the suburban station non-stop Continue reading

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