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Oct 08, 2017

Changes to Federal Passenger Company trains in Germany – UPDATE

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Passengers of train No. 24/453 Paris – Moscow were able to reach their destination stations by the high-speed international train No.14 Strizh Berlin – Moscow using the tickets they had already bought.

In accordance with the train timetable, Strizh will leave for Berlin at 18:50 on 8 and 9 October 2017 and arrive in Moscow at 19:11 on the following day.

Passengers will be able to join the train both in Berlin and Frankfurt (Oder), where the trains will stop at 19:44 in accordance with the timetable.

Due to Storm Xavier, trains were discontinued in the north and north-east of Germany.

Passengers on trains №23/452-453 / 24 Moscow – Paris – Moscow were taken to their destination stations by bus and local trains on the basis of an agreement reached with the representatives of the railway administrations in Poland, Germany and France.

Earlier on the afternoon of 7 October 2017, passengers from train No. 23/452 Moscow – Paris were taken by bus from Rzepin (Reppen in German) railway station to Berlin, where they were re-issued with tickets for local trains.

The latest information on train timetables can be obtained from the Russian Railways website in the section "Passengers" and the Single Information and Service Centre of Russian Railways, which operates round-the-clock and can be reached at 8-800-775-00-00. Calls from anywhere in Russia are free.

Strizh trains have been running twice a week since 17 December 2016, departing from Moscow on Saturdays and Sundays and from Berlin on Sundays and Mondays.

The Strizh is the first Russian train whose carriages are equipped with a system which automatically changes the width of wheel sets to enable the train to switch from the Russian broad gauge of 1520 mm to the narrower European gauge of 1435 mm. The switch takes place at Brest station in Belorussia.

The new technology’s ability to change quickly between the different gauges in use in Europe and the Former Soviet Union has resulted in a reduction in travel time.

The Strizh service covers the distance from Moscow to Berlin in 20 hours 14 minutes and stops at Smolensk, Orsha, Minsk, Brest, Terespol, Warsaw, Poznan, Rzepin (Reppen in German) and Frankfurt-on-Oder stations.

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