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Today, 250 km/h traffic officially started in another country: Russia. The Sapsan (Siemens Velaro RUS, a descendant of the German ICE3) run on the upgraded Moscow-St. Petersburg mainline. However, I don't know any details: e.g. which parts of the line are fit for the new top speed, how much of that the trains are actually scheduled run at top speed, and what if any technical obstacles (signalling, tolerances, maintenance) might throw a hammer in the works.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Dec 17th, 2009 at 05:15:27 PM EST
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Eh, the above comment would have been better placed in the previous diary, now re-posted. For relevance in this diary: Russia is planning a network of dedicated 300-350 km/h high-speed lines since the Yeltsin era (the Sapsan have the top speed to run on them); but I haven't read about any substantial progress on this, either.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 03:08:38 AM EST
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