In transportation news, Russian Railways will launch an all new passenger route between Moscow and St. Petersburg that will showcase new two-storey rail cars. The first voyage is scheduled for this evening, Sunday February 1st.
A new St. Petersburg-Moscow to feature the bilevel (two-storey) rail cars will also feature four persona sleeping compartments, and other cutting edge conveniences. Roomier storage compartments, several power outlets, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, magnetic card-based locks, energy-saving windows and bright energy-saving LED lighting, are among the other special features of these modern Russian trains. Cars will also be equipped wikth sat-coms and other navigational aids.
A dining car, cars equipped for people with disabilities, special spaces for the disabled and their companions, a wheelchair lift, and many other modern amenities have been announced. The trains are will depart from St. Petersburg daily at 8:50 pm, and will arrive in Moscow at 7:00 am the next morning. Ticket prices will start at about $20 US. Transmashholding, largest manufacturer of locomotives and rail equipment in Russia, has also signed agreements with Russian Railways subsidiaries for modern designs for electric trains for shorter distance routes as well.