The First Vice President of Russian Railways Alexander Misharin, has said that Russia and China plan to launch the first high-speed freight train in 2019. Speaking at the Strategic Partnership 1520 Rail Forum in Sochi last week, Misharin stated, “At the moment, the design of technical requirements for this special rolling stock is about to be completed, and together with our Chinese colleagues we plan to launch it in 2019”.
According to Misharin, the train will ensure optimal conditions for transportation of cargo that are sensitive to speed and conditions of delivery, and will reach speeds of up to 400 km per hour. He said that Sinara Group, Siemens, and China’s CRRC are already working on the freight train project. They will launch the production of trains at the Ural Locomotives enterprise. One more production site may be chosen in Central Russia, he added, stating that the locomotives will be built in Russia.
The proposed Moscow-Kazan High Speed Railway’s total length will stand at around 770 kilometers. Trains may travel at speeds of 350-400 kilometers per hour, and the time en route between the two cities could be 3-3.5 hours against the current 14 hours. A high speed service already exists between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Ural Locomotives is a joint venture between Sinara Group and Siemens AG established at the site of the former Ural Rolling Stock Manufacturing Plant in 2010. Russian Railways also plans to launch a high-speed passenger and freight rail service between Moscow and Kazan in 2022, with China also keen to extend this through to Beijing.
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