RZD’s first Talgo trainset was at Moscow Kievskaya depot  (Photo: Andrey Leshkevich).

RUSSIA: The first of seven trainsets which RZD's Federal Passenger Co ordered from Patentes Talgo in June 2011 has been delivered to Moscow. Following trials at the Shcherbinka test circuit, entry into revenue service is planned for later this year.

Four 1 520 mm gauge Talgo trainsets are to be deployed on Moscow – Kyiv services, while three gauge-changing trainsets will be equipped to operate on 1 520 mm and 1 435 mm gauge on the Moscow – Minsk – Warszawa – Berlin route, eliminating the need to change bogies at Brest.

The aluminium-bodied trainsets are designed for operation at up to 200 km/h, with passive tilt and pneumatic suspension offering improved comfort compared to existing stock.