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Date: 09/28/18 11:45
Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: Duna

Still in Saint Petersburg

1) PVC - Positive Vehicle Control. Overhead structure encloses large insulated steam pipes. Central steam plants still power some buildings.
2) Older short-distance coach EMU. Crossing guard was tending the little garden before & after train time.
3) Staraya Derevnya tram loop, Metro station and bus transfer terminal. Another tram line loop and a commuter rail depot are behind me on the opposite side of the RR tracks in photos 1 & 2.



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Date: 09/28/18 11:48
Re: Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: Duna

4) Lines 19 & 48 articulated trams on Savushkina St at Yakhtennaya St.
5) The Moscow Gate, a few blocks from the Grand Maket model railroad. More WWII Victory Day banners.
6) Coal train passing thru the RZD Ladozh station.








Date: 09/28/18 11:56
Re: Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: Duna

7) My sleeping car on the Moscow-bound "Artic".
8) 1st Class 2-person compartment. An older car, but comfortable and quite. The beds were a little narrow and did not pull out like I've seen on some western European sleepers. There was a television behind me and WiFi was available.
9) Dinner delivered to my room at 11:15 pm, shortly after departure. There was also a large chocolate bar. Most long-distance passengers drink at least one serving of tea from an iconic glass & metal mug, it's become a tradition. Almost all passenger cars have a hot water samovar at one end. Most are now electric, but coal-fired ones still in service.



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Date: 09/28/18 12:09
Re: Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: Duna

Back in Moscow-

10) Electric locomotive at Leningrad Station, Moscow.
11) Commuter EMU train
12) Avtozavodskaya Metro

Link to Part 5 https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?17,4639550
Link to Part 7 https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?17,4641849



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Date: 09/30/18 08:15
Re: Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: prrmpup

A few days ago, the WSJ published an article on the pending retirement of the platzkarts, 54 bunk cars.
I would post a link except it's behind a pay wall.
Interestingly mentions airlines have 21% of the intercity market vs. 39% for rail.
Price comparison mentions Moscow to Vladivostok is $1500 air vs. $200 rail.



Date: 09/30/18 09:00
Re: Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: Duna

prrmpup Wrote:
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> A few days ago, the WSJ published an article on
> the pending retirement of the platzkarts, 54 bunk
> cars.
> I would post a link except it's behind a pay
> wall.
> Interestingly mentions airlines have 21% of the
> intercity market vs. 39% for rail.
> Price comparison mentions Moscow to Vladivostok is
> $1500 air vs. $200 rail.

Those are the open-berth sleepers, considered 3rd-class. I didn't check these out on my visit, but there are lots of photos out there. The fare differential between different classes is huge, plus RZD uses demand-drived (dynamic) pricing.

As incomes rise in Russia, auto and air transport mode-shares are rising. Just like in Europe, USA, Mexico...



Date: 09/30/18 12:35
Re: Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: robj

History of Moscow Gate is an interesting read.  The gate had been dissassembled and parts had been used as a defence of Leningrad during the 900 day siege.

Bob



Date: 09/30/18 14:43
Re: Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: mundo

Sure appreciate these postings on Russia.



Date: 10/02/18 23:07
Re: Russia, May 2018 - Part 6
Author: DNRY122

Thanks for posting.  My wife and I did a river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 2016.  I could only get a small sample of the railway action.



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