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Cooperation of OJSC Russian Railways with France's SNCF

Passenger Transportation

Two trains owned and operated by Russia's Federal Passenger Company run between Russia and France:

Train No. 17/18 Moscow - Nice - Moscow runs once a week all the year round, departing from Moscow on Thursdays and from Nice on Saturdays.

The length of the route is 3,315 km. Travel time is 47 hours 22 minutes from Moscow and 46 hours 58 minutes to Moscow.

Train No. 23/24 Moscow - Paris runs once a week all the year round, departing from Moscow on Wednesdays and from Paris on Fridays.

The length of the route is 3,169 km. Travel time from Moscow to Paris is 37 hours 18 minutes and 38 hours 09 minutes in the opposite direction.

Since 2010, the Federal Passenger Company has been selling tickets for trains owned by European carriers through the Euronet reservation system on the basis of an agreement between the Federal Passenger Company, SNCF and Voyage-sncf Benelux.

Ticket sales, including subscription sales and seat reservations, are possible with an open date and are sold at "global prices".

Cooperation on developing station complexes

The Directorate of Railway Stations at Russian Railways cooperates with SNFC in France and its subsidiaries to develop stations and transport-transfer hubs on their basis, including high-speed routes.

The Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Railway Transport between Russian Railways and SNCF includes a joint twinning programme.

The programme includes 6 pairs of stations:

  • Gare de L'Est (East Station) in Paris - Belorussky Railway Station in Moscow;
  • Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau in Toulouse - Samara railway station;
  • Gare Saint-Lazare Paris (Saint-Lazare Train Station) in Paris - Baltic station in St. Petersburg;
  • Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles (Saint-Charles Train Station) in Marseille - Vladivostok railway station;
  • Gare de Nice-Ville (Nice Train Station) - Sochi station;
  • Gare de Strasbourg (Strasbourg railway station) - Yekaterinburg railway station.

The Directorate also cooperates on issues concerning integrated customer safety on the railway infrastructure, including the exchange of experience and the development of joint solutions for modern challenges.

Cooperation is also conducted on the platform of the International Union of Railways (UIC).

Cooperation of Russian Railways with Alstom

Allegro Trains

The French company Alstom won the tender for the delivery of high-speed trains for the St. Petersburg-Helsinki route.

Four semi-carriage dual voltage electric Allegro trains with a design speed of 220 kph and a capacity of 352 seats have been delivered.

From 12 December 2010, an international high-speed passenger service began on the St. Petersburg-Helsinki section (415 km) using electric Allegro trains, with two pairs of trains running per day.

The new high-speed service has reduced the travel time between the two cities from 5 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 27 minutes.

Customs checks and passport control are carried out en route to save time at border crossings.

Manufacture of electric locomotives

Russian Railways and Alstom, together with Transmashholding, are implementing projects to create and manufacture modern railway rolling stock and high-tech components.

In particular, a project is being implemented to produce a new main line dual-system passenger EP20 electric locomotive and the experimental operation of an 2ES5 electric freight electric locomotive with an asynchronous traction drive.

At the end of 2016, 56 EP20 electric locomotives were in operation to provide passenger transportation between Moscow-Adler, Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow-Bryansk.

Cooperation between Russian Railways and GEFCO

Russian Railways and Peugeot-Citroen signed a sale and purchase agreement for 75% of GEFCO SA, the parent company of the international logistics group GEFCO.

The agreement was signed in Paris on 5 November 2012.

Synergies of opportunities will facilitate the implementation of complex logistics tasks and provide a whole range of services.

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