High availability for Russia

Velaro RUS – powerful, flexible. Snow, ice and subzero temperatures: Russia has an extreme climate indeed. Nonetheless, as of 2009, Velaro RUS – Sapsan – will start providing reliable service.
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Velaro RUS

From Moscow to St. Petersburg with high speed

650 kilometers from Moscow to St. Petersburg in only 3.5 hours. It has specially adapted components and systems to cope with the harsh operating conditions in Russia and is backed up by a 30-year maintenance contract.

Capacity meets flexibility

The ten-car trainset accommodates 556 passengers over a length of 250 m and a carbody that is 30 cm wider than the UIC profile. With a traction power rating of 8,000 kW, it reaches a maximum speed of 250 km/h and can be upgraded to 300 km/h. Velaro RUS can be deployed universally. This is due to its two-variant design: as a single-system train for 3 kV DC and as a dual-system train for 3 kV DC and 25 kV AC. Train protection is based on the Russian operations control system Klub U.

High performance at low temperatures

Velaro RUS is made for climatic challenges, such as temperatures ranging form minus 40 °C to plus 40 °C. This is evident from the extra insulation of the car and its specially adapted ventilation and cooling system.

Now also from Moscow to Nizhniy-Novgorod

Its air intake is on the roof to avoid the hazards of drifting snow, and a more powerful heating system in the interior makes for agreeable temperatures. All the more reason to expand service to the Moscow – Nizhniy-Novgorod line.

Datasheet for Velaro RUS


Type Velaro RUS
Year of construction
2008-2010, 2012-2014
Cars per train
Voltage system 
DC 3 kV, AC 25 kV / 50 Hz , DC 3 kV
Maximum speed [km/h]
Track gauge
Number of seats
Traction power 
Numbers built

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