Russian Railways (RZD) visited their first Desiro RUS regional multiple-unit train at the Siemens factory in Krefeld and released it for shipment: Delivery by ship to Ust Luga is scheduled to start in February.
With a height of 4.85 and a width of 3.48 meters the Desiro RUS is a giant on rails. The first of 38 vehicles will be shipped to Ust Luga in the Saint Petersburg area from Krefeld via Amsterdam and Sassnitz (on the German Island of Ruegen) in February 2012. When coupled, each five-unit vehicle is over 126 meters long and weighs around 260 tons. Since no Russian broad gauge tracks exist in Krefeld, the vehicle bogies rest on adapters at the factory.
From this Russian sea port, the trains will continue their journey on Russian tracks to the Saint Petersburg depot, from where the trains will start their homologation trips.
The production of the Desiro RUS in the Siemens factory in Krefeld started in April 2011. Nine months later, at the end of January 2012, Siemens and RZD signed the release for the shipment of the first of 38 five-unit vehicles. Delivery to Russia is scheduled to start mid-February. Due to its height and width of almost five and three and a half meters respectively, the vehicle is presenting major challenges for the Siemens logistics specialists: The coaches are too wide and too high to transport all across Germany to the Sassnitz ferry port (Ruegen) by rail or road. For this reason, river and sea transport from Krefeld via Amsterdam to the German Island of Ruegen was the right choice. For the very first time, the coaches will be placed on the rails they were built for – i.e. Russian broad gauge tracks of 1,520 millimeters in width – and coupled together to form a train set. Afterwards, a locomotive will push the Desiro RUS along the rails into the cargo compartment of the railway ferry. Its arrival in Ust Luga is scheduled for March 2012. From this Russian sea port, the regional multiple-unit trains will be transported to a depot in the Saint Petersburg area for their first test trips.
The new regional trains will provide for increased comfort for both passengers and train personnel. When compared with the trains currently in operation in Russia, the new Siemens train consumes approximately 30 percent less energy. The Desiro RUS, affectionately referred to as "Lastochka" by RZD (the Russian word for "swallow"), can reach a top speed of up to 160 kilometers per hour. This rolling stock is a further development of the Desiro ML and was customized to meet the requirements of the Russian market – including e.g. resistance to temperatures of up to 40° (Celsius) below zero, larger railcar bodies and wider bogies.
In 2009 and 2010, Russian Railways placed contracts for a total of 54 Desiro RUS vehicles for revenue service at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The first 38 will be completely built in Krefeld; the remaining 16 will be manufactured in Yekaterinburg on the basis of increasing localization. Siemens has just begun investing approximately € 200 million in the construction of a factory in this city. In addition to production, Siemens will undertake the maintenance of the rolling stock over a period of 40 years. In total, the manufacturing and maintenance contracts are worth almost € 1.1 billion.Editor
Stefan Kirsch | Siemens Rail Systems Division
Tool helps cities to plan electric bus routes, and calculate the benefits
09.01.2017 | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Realistic training for extreme flight conditions
28.12.2016 | Technical University of Munich (TUM)
In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport
Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...
The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.
The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...
Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...
Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".
Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...
13.02.2017 | Event News
10.02.2017 | Event News
09.02.2017 | Event News
22.02.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering
22.02.2017 | Life Sciences
22.02.2017 | Physics and Astronomy