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Germany: New high-speed 'Swift' passenger train arrives in Berlin after journey from Moscow02:30

Germany: New high-speed 'Swift' passenger train arrives in Berlin after journey from Moscow

Germany, Berlin
December 18, 2016 at 12:11 GMT -00:00 · Published

The first train of a new passenger rail service connecting Moscow and Berlin arrived at the German capital's Ostbahnhof station at 07.19 local time (06:19 GMT), Sunday.

The 'Swift' service will run twice a week, connecting both cities in 20 hours and 14 minutes, cutting travel time by around four hours. The passenger train is 20 wagons long and is operated by the Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways.

The coaches of the rail service are manufactured by the Spanish company Patentes Talgo. Chief engineer of the Directorate for the Repair of Locomotives at Russian Railways, Andrei Petrukhin, and Carlos de Palacio Oriol, executive of Talgo, were both present for the train's arrival.

The new coaches feature a system that allows their gauge-width to be adjusted automatically in Brest, Belarus, cutting down the journey time. Prior to the Swift service carriages would need to have a new set of wheels fitted to allow the train to run on the narrower European rail tracks.

The rail service is scheduled to depart Moscow every Saturday and Sunday at 13.05 local time and arrive in Berlin at 07.19 local time. From Berlin it will depart every Sunday and Monday at 18.50 and arrive at the Russian capital's Kurskiy station at 17.25.

Germany: New high-speed 'Swift' passenger train arrives in Berlin after journey from Moscow02:30
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The first train of a new passenger rail service connecting Moscow and Berlin arrived at the German capital's Ostbahnhof station at 07.19 local time (06:19 GMT), Sunday.

The 'Swift' service will run twice a week, connecting both cities in 20 hours and 14 minutes, cutting travel time by around four hours. The passenger train is 20 wagons long and is operated by the Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways.

The coaches of the rail service are manufactured by the Spanish company Patentes Talgo. Chief engineer of the Directorate for the Repair of Locomotives at Russian Railways, Andrei Petrukhin, and Carlos de Palacio Oriol, executive of Talgo, were both present for the train's arrival.

The new coaches feature a system that allows their gauge-width to be adjusted automatically in Brest, Belarus, cutting down the journey time. Prior to the Swift service carriages would need to have a new set of wheels fitted to allow the train to run on the narrower European rail tracks.

The rail service is scheduled to depart Moscow every Saturday and Sunday at 13.05 local time and arrive in Berlin at 07.19 local time. From Berlin it will depart every Sunday and Monday at 18.50 and arrive at the Russian capital's Kurskiy station at 17.25.

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