Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

The fastest train in Russia comes from Siemens - Velaro RUS

23.09.2008
World premiere at InnoTrans in Berlin – Russia joins the club of high speed rail countries

Russia’s first high speed train, Velaro RUS, has been presented at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin. The vehicle’s traveling speed of 250 km/h means that Russia has now entered the high speed rail era. Heinrich Hiesinger, CEO of the Siemens Industry Sector, joined Vladimir Yakunin, President of the Russian railway company RZD, in unveiling three cars of the first train. The name given by RZD to the fastest train series in the country is “Sapsan”, which is Russian for “peregrine falcon”.


Industry-CEO Hiesinger expressed his pride in Russia’s new acquisition: “With the Velaro RUS, RZD is writing a new chapter in the history of the Russian railways. Russia now belongs to the club of high speed rail countries.” Up to now, only eight countries in the world have operated a network for high speed trains, among them Germany, France and Japan. Hiesinger also pointed out that the order from the Russian railway company was very important for Siemens: “The rollout of the first Russian high speed train marks a major milestone in the long-lasting and successful partnership between Russia and Siemens. We want to expand this relationship in future, especially in the transportation sector.” In order to lend substance to these plans, Yakunin and Hiesinger took time during the rollout ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding. It was agreed that Siemens would modernize the classification yards in Luzhskaya near St. Petersburg and in Chernyakhovsk near Kaliningrad. These yards are to be equipped with shunting installations controlled by Siemens automation systems.

250 kilometers an hour at minus 50 degrees Celsius

The cars on show in Berlin are only part of the first Velaro train, which will consist of ten cars altogether. Siemens is to deliver eight Velaro RUS trains to RZD by 2010. They are being built in the Siemens factory in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany. From the end of 2009 onwards, the 250 km/h trains are to connect Moscow and St. Petersburg. This will reduce the journey time by around one hour in all. Later on, the high speed trains are to be used on the Moscow–Nizhny Novgorod route as well.

The Velaro RUS is the world’s most modern high speed train. It is based on the Siemens Velaro platform for high speed trains. The vehicle boasts the latest in train technology: the traction system and all the technical modules being arranged under floor over the entire length of the unit and not only in one locomotive each coupled at the front and rear as is the case with conventional trains. This creates around 20 percent more seating capacity for the same length of train.

The ten-car trainsets are each 250 meters long and can accommodate 604 passengers. Given the length of station platforms in Russia, the trains can include two more cars and be 50 meters longer than, for example, the Velaro E of the Spanish National Railways (RENFE). Moreover, the vehicles are designed for the Russian broad gauge and are around 33 cm wider than the ICE 3 operated by Deutsche Bahn in Germany. All elements of the train such as technical equipment, insulation and lubricants have been designed to cope with the extreme climatic conditions in Russia. The Velaro RUS is therefore designed to run at outdoor temperatures down to -50° Celsius.

The two end cars of the train, which are painted in the colors of the Russian flag, each feature a first-class lounge directly behind the driver’s cab. A transparent glass partition between the lounge and driver’s cab provide passengers with an exciting view of the line ahead. A video and audio entertainment system provides on-board entertainment in first and second class. The passengers in both classes are also offered a catering service. In a bistro car in the middle section of the train, they can buy light meals and beverages.

With an installed traction power of 8000 kilowatts, which is equivalent to approximately 11,000 h.p., the Velaro RUS is built for a maximum operating speed of 250 km/h but can be upgraded to reach speeds of up to 300 km/h. Given that half of all axles are directly driven, the train can accelerate better than locomotive-hauled trains. In addition, this traction concept makes it possible to drive on steeper sections of line. The electric brake allows the energy generated during braking to be fed back into the power supply system, thus saving energy and costs. Part of the Velaro RUS fleet will be supplied as two-system trains for use on both DC and AC electrified lines.

An expanding Russian railway market

The order for the trains and for a maintenance period of more than 30 years had been placed with Siemens in May 2006. Counting that service contract, the order is worth 600 million euros. Russia is expected to be one of the most rapidly expanding railway markets in the world in the new few decades. A development program of the Russian government allows RZD to invest up to 400 billion euros in new trains and expansion of the railway network by 2030. In the coming years, approximately 20,000 km of railway lines are to be built, including 1,500 km of high speed lines.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of production, transportation and building technologies. With integrated hardware and software technologies as well as comprehensive Industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity and efficiency of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and OSRAM. With around 209,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal 2007 total sales of approximately EUR40 billion (pro forma, unconsolidated).

The Siemens Mobility Division (Erlangen, Germany) is the internationally leading provider of transportation and logistics solutions. With its “Complete Mobility” approach, the Division is focused on networking the various modes of transportation in order to ensure the efficient transport of people and goods. Complete Mobility combines the company's competence in operations control systems for railways and traffic control systems for roadways together with solutions for airport logistics, postal automation, traction power supplies and rolling stock for mass transit, regional and mainline services, as well as forward-looking service concepts.

Siemens AG
Corporate Communications and Government Affairs
Wittelsbacherplatz 2, 80333 Munich
Germany
Reference number: IMO200809.046e f

Anja Uhlendorff | Siemens Industry
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com/industry
http://www.siemens.com/mobility

Further reports about: InnoTrans RZD Russia Russian railways Velaro Velaro train high speed train

More articles from Trade Fair News:

nachricht Fraunhofer HHI with latest VR technologies at NAB in Las Vegas
24.04.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI

nachricht Kiel nano research at the Hannover Messe
21.04.2017 | Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

All articles from Trade Fair News >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Making lightweight construction suitable for series production

More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...

Im Focus: Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...

Im Focus: Deep inside Galaxy M87

The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.

Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...

Im Focus: A Quantum Low Pass for Photons

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons.

The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...

Im Focus: Microprocessors based on a layer of just three atoms

Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.

Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Fighting drug resistant tuberculosis – InfectoGnostics meets MYCO-NET² partners in Peru

28.04.2017 | Event News

Expert meeting “Health Business Connect” will connect international medical technology companies

20.04.2017 | Event News

Wenn der Computer das Gehirn austrickst

18.04.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Wireless power can drive tiny electronic devices in the GI tract

28.04.2017 | Medical Engineering

Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region's past

28.04.2017 | Earth Sciences

Nose2Brain – Better Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

28.04.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>