175 years of Russian railways

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175 years of Russian railways

Postby Whity » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:12 am

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Re: 175 years of Russian railways

Postby Marquette » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:26 am

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: 175 years of Russian railways

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:30 pm

Lots of really cool pics :)
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Re: 175 years of Russian railways

Postby Marquette » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:35 am

See, these pics exemplify well what I love about Russian railways: a perfect fusion of North American and European railroading. European styles, but with the imposing size that screams "power", that is such a feature of NA designs. The VL22 for example wouldn't've looked at all out of place under Great Northern or Milwaukee catenary!
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Re: 175 years of Russian railways

Postby Arseny » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:21 am

Marquette wrote:The VL22 for example wouldn't've looked at all out of place under Great Northern or Milwaukee catenary!


Maybe the reason is that the predecessor of the VL22, the S electric locomotive, was built by General Electric... :?
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Re: 175 years of Russian railways

Postby TTTerrific » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:44 pm

I really enjoy the photos of all the extremely varied great-looking Russian locos! Keep'em coming Arseny. By the way is there any steam power still in service on any Russian line (not "tourist" stuff)? :thumbup:
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Re: 175 years of Russian railways

Postby Arseny » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:20 am

These photos are made by Whity, not me...

By the way is there any steam power still in service on any Russian line (not "tourist" stuff)?


No, there are no steam locomotives in regular service; most of them were retired in 1970s. (The production of steam locomotives ceased in 1957).
There are some steam locomotive kept at the special "reserve bases", "reserve sheds". In theory, they are to be used in some emergency situations - such as war, some catastrophe, etc. In practice, I doubt.

Some steam locomotives are used for "heritage", "tourist" trains.
At the Saint-Petersburg-Moskovskiy railway station the restored "9P" tank locomotive sometimes is used for switching. I think they did it just for fun. But also there is some economical (and ecological) effect - they utilize waste oil this way... :smile:

In Russia electric locomotives are widely used. More then 50% of railways are electrified, they carry approx. 85% of freight.
The switchers are diesels.
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Re: 175 years of Russian railways

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:41 am

Arseny wrote:At the Saint-Petersburg-Moskovskiy railway station the restored "9P' tank locomotive sometimes is used for switching. I think they did it just for fun.


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Re: 175 years of Russian railways

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