Friday, July 31, 2009

Russia unveils 155-mph Siemens train

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With an international corps of reporters aboard, Russia’s new, Siemens Transportation Systems-built high speed train, the EVS1 Sapsan (Russian for Peregrine Falcon), made a demonstration run between Moscow and St. Petersburg Thursday at a top speed of 155 mph.

sapsan.jpgIn regular service, the EVS1 Sapsan, an electric train of the Velaro RUS series, will cut travel time between the two cities to 3 hours 45 minutes. Currently the fastest train travel time is 4 hours 30 minutes. The average time for air travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg (including trips to and from the airport, flight registration, and flying time) is at least 5 hours.

“The involvement of Russian scientists and specialists in the Sapsan production project provides a good impetus to the introduction of cutting-edge, innovative technology to Russian industry” said  Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin.

He said that foreign producers have declared their willingness to shift train production to Russia if orders for trains are increased.

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