Cooperation with Siemens AG
Sapsan high-speed electric trains
In cooperation with the German company Siemens AG, Russian Railways is continuing to implement projects on the maintenance and operation of the Sapsan EVS1/2 electric trains on the Company's network.
At the moment, 16 Sapsan trains are in commercial operation between Moscow and St. Petersburg, including as double-formation trains with 20 carriages capable of carrying 1,050 passengers. Double-formation trains have a length of more than 500 metres.
Sapsan trains have four classes of passenger service: VIP, premium (first), business and tourist.
All carriages have Internet connections.
The maintenance of Sapsan electric trains is carried out at the Metallostroy motor-railway depot at October Railways, which is considered one of the best in Europe.
More than 60 patents have been received for technical solutions for the Sapsan electric train.
Between the commencement of operations on 17 December 2009 to 30 April 2017, Sapsan trains have transported about 20 million passengers, with capacity utilisation standing at 100%.
Lastochka high-speed electric trains
Work is continuing on the localisation of the production of Lastochka electric trains at the facilities of Ural Locomotives LLC in Verkhnyaya Pyshma in Russia's Sverdlovsk region.
In 2016, 30 Lastochka ES2G series electric trains were delivered, with the localisation level of production reaching 77%.
As a result, by the end of 2016, the total ES2G fleet amounted to 53 formations.
Lastochka trains of various series provide suburban and intercity passenger services.
In addition, since 10 September 2016, they have been in operation on the Moscow Central Ring (MCR).
Daily passenger numbers are steadily growing and new records being set constantly on the MCR.
On just one day, on 28 December 2016, over 319,000 people used the MCR.
By the end of 2016, the MCR had carried more than 27 million people.
Granit electric locomotive
As part of the work on the production of a new generation of traction rolling stock, the delivery is continuing of the Granit 2ES10 direct current electric freight locomotives with asynchronous traction engines.
The Granite 2ES10 was designed by Ural Locomotives LLC, a joint venture of the CJSC Sinara Group and Siemens AG.
The programme to localise production of the key components for the 2ES10 series electric locomotives in the Russian Federation was carried out in accordance with the contract for the supply of electric locomotives to Russian Railways.
The Granit locomotives are intended for pulling freight trains on the network of railway systems which are electrified using a direct current of 3 kV.
The railway network began taking delivery of the 2ES10 electric locomotives from October 2011. At the end of 2016, the fleet of Granit electric locomotives amounted to a total of 136 units.
The locomotives are in operation on the Sverdlovsk, West Siberian and South Ural Railways, all of which are regional branches of Russian Railways.
The Granit has no analogues in Russia and other countries of the 1520 space with regard to its characteristics, and especially in terms of thrust.
Joint infrastructure projects with Siemens AG
Joint work is continuing with Siemens to localise the production of technical means for the modernisation of sorting stations on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Under consideration is the possibility of localising the development and production of an integrated automated control system for marshalling rolling stock based on the experience of operating the MSR-32 system.
In addition, joint work is being carried out to create and integrate an automated information and measuring system for the diagnosis of infrastructure (IIS) in Sapsan and Lastochka train formations.
The formations will then provide the basis to create a diagnostic complex that, during the normal train operation, enables the measurement and evaluation of the railway infrastructure's parameters and used the most up-to-date figures for a comprehensive diagnosis of the track's current state.
Cooperation on personnel training between Russian Railways and Deutsche Bahn
As part of the programme for short-term international internships and during bilateral cooperation between Russian Railways and Deutsche Bahn, groups of Russian Railways executives travel to Deutsche Bahn facilities every year to familiarise themselves with the best practices of their German colleagues.
The areas most in demand for studying are high-speed trains, infrastructure maintenance, metrology, the management of transport and construction facilities, cooperation with authorities and strategic development and management etc.
In accordance with the Memorandum on Cooperation on the Development of Personnel Potential between Russian Railways and Deutsche Bahn, a Young Professionals Programme is also being implemented which aims at sharing experiences between young managers and specialists with high-potential.
So far, there have been three programme cycles, in 2010/2011, 2012/2013 and 2014/2015. The fourth one has been launched.