Moscow – Saint Petersburg Railway

Moscow – Saint Petersburg Railway

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Moscow – Saint Petersburg Railway

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The Moscow to Saint Petersburg Railway is a railway running between the two largest Russian cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and through four oblasts: Moscow, Tver, Novgorod and Leningrad. It is the leading traffic artery for the whole of the north-west region of Russia, operated by the Oktyabrskaya Railway subdivision of Russian Railways.


The current maximum speed on the Moscow-St. Petersburg line is ; the fastest train takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. However, construction works have been under way since 2004, which will take it to . The Siemens-built Velaro RUS train, aka Sapsan, will debut operationally on this line in 2010 with a maximum speed of , but running below their capacity because of difficulties upgrading all the tracks. For this Sapsan project, Russian Railways spent nearly $1 billion for its eight Siemens Velaro trains.

The future trainsets are already able to operate at . They are widened versions of the Siemens Velaro 3rd generation ICE train, similar to the CRH3 in China.

Since 1931, a famous train, called the Krasnaya Strela ("Red Arrow"), has operated on this line, leaving Moscow (Leningradsky Rail Terminal) at 23:55 daily and arriving in Saint Petersburg (Moskovsky Rail Terminal) at 07:55 the next morning and vice-versa.

Major stations

Major stations situated on the railway include (south to north) Klin, Redkino, Tver, Likhoslavl, Kalashnikovo, Vyshny Volochyok, Bologoye, Okulovka, Luka, Malaya Vishera, Chudovo,......
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