MOSCOW metro has started revenue trials with a prototype Yauza metro trainset developed at Mytischchy car works. Designated Class 81-720 for the driving cars and 81-720 for non-driving, the prototype set had earlier been tested at the Shcherbinka test track (RG 12.94 p805.

The stainless-steel bodied train was launched by Metro Chairman Alexander Korsak and General Manager D Gayev at Mariino. It is to run in daily service on the Lyublinskaya line until the end of this year, by when series production should have reached 50 vehicles at a cost of between 3·5 and 4m roubles each.

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