Partnership established for high-speed train development in Russia

Russian high-speed trainsRussian Railways, the Rail Transport Engineering Centre (ECRT) and Knorr-Bremse formed a strategic partnership to develop the next generation of Russian high-speed trains. The Rail Transport Engineering Centre has begun a pilot project to develop and manufacture Russian high-speed trains capable of speeds of up to 400 km/h.

Under the agreement, the three entities will establish a mutual beneficial cooperation in the field of engineering and consulting services, pre-project and design services, design development and operational and repair documentation for components of high-speed trains and their corresponding production in the Russian Federation.

“Russian Railways has been successfully working with Knorr-Bremse for many years. The signing of this agreement is a new stage in our cooperation and will certainly contribute to the development of high-speed rail services in the Russian Federation,” Sergey Kobzev, the Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways, said.

Knorr-Bremse will provide its expertise to help assess the design requirements for the development of high-speed trains which will run at speeds of over 300 km/h.

“Knorr-Bremse is looking forward to helping conceptualize the Russian very high-speed trains of the future, thus helping to provide people with even better rail connections. In the long term, we will also work with our partners to commercialize this next generation by localizing it for the 1,520 mm gauge area,” said Harald Schneider, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems and responsible for activities in the CIS region.

The company will bring its technological know-how in the field of high-performance pneumatic braking systems as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for enhanced energy efficiency and passenger comfort. Additionally, Knorr-Bremse has long-standing and extensive expertise in the field of entrance systems with increased pressure tightness for operation at high velocities.

“The cooperation with Knorr-Bremse will significantly increase the competence of our Centre’s engineers,” said Alexander Kireytsev, Managing Director of ECRT.

ECRT was established by Russian Railways and Sinara-Transport Machines Holding to develop competencies in the design and production of innovative rolling stock and infrastructure in Russia.

High speed rail services are currently provided by 16 Sapsan trains on Moscow – St. Petersburg and Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod routes. In June 2019, an agreement was signed for the delivery of 13 additional trains which will feature Knorr-Bremse equipment under a contract signed with Siemens Mobility in April 2020.

St. Petersburg and Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod routes. In June 2019, an agreement was signed for the delivery of 13 additional trains which will feature Knorr-Bremse equipment under a contract signed with Siemens Mobility in April 2020.


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