RUSSIA: The first of 50 double-deck coaches which Transmashholding's Tver Carriage Works is delivering to Federal Passenger Co entered service on the Moscow - Adler route on November 1.

In December 2010 RZD's passenger business ordered 38 Type 61-4465 sleeping cars with eight four-berth compartments on each deck, four cars with a similar arrangement of two-berth compartments, four Type 41-4473 dining cars and four Type 61-4472 cars with accommodation for staff and 50 passengers including wheelchair users.

The air-conditioned vehicles have retention toilets, wi-fi, LED lighting and sealed inter-vehicle gangways.

They are being put into service on the Moscow - Sochi - Adler route ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics which are to be held around Sochi.

  • On October 28 RZD formally opened the rebuilt Adler station, bringing together long distance and commuter rail services including the airport link, road transport and making provision for future piers for Black Sea maritime transport.

The double-deck stock was described in detail in the October 2012 issue of Railway Gazette International, which subscribers can access in the digital archive.