Wednesday 14 December 2011
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Russian Railways and SNCF jointly inaugurate the first direct Moscow-Paris train at Gare de l’Est railway station

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On 13 December, Russian Railways and SNCF jointly inaugurated the first direct Moscow-Paris train at Gare de l’Est railway station. The Russian delegation onboard the train, led by Russian Railways’ Vice-President Mikhaïl Akulov, was welcomed in a festive and friendly atmosphere.

The Moscow-Paris train is the second service to link Russia and France with a journey time of around 38 hours, and follows the launch of the Moscow-Nice train in September 2010. The 3,177 km-long trans-European route linking the two capitals enables trains to operate at line speeds of up to 200 km/h. The Moscow-Paris train will pass through five countries: Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France, and will serve the cities of Vyazma, Smolensk, Krasnoe, Orsha, Minsk, Brest, Terespol, Warsaw, Poznan, Rzepin, Oderburk, Frankfurt (Oder), Berlin, Hanover, Fulda, Frankfurt-am-Main and Saarbrücken.

The train times have been specifically scheduled so that passengers only spend one night onboard. The service will operate three times a week during the winter and five times a week during the summer. The train offers passengers three standards of travel, namely luxury, first-class and second-class carriages, as well as a dining car offering a wide variety of food and beverages. With regard to staff, all members of the crew speak several languages, have a higher education qualification and have completed a special training programme in the areas of psychology, culture and passenger service.

(Source: SNCF/RZD)

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Moscow - Berlin - Paris is the second service which links Russia and France following the launch of the Moscow - Nice train in September 2010 (© RZD)
From left to right: Mikhaïl Akulov, Vice-President of Russian Railways (RZD), Patricia Kaas, famous French singer invited as patron to the event and Thierry Mariani, French Minsiter of Transport, at Gare de l’Est railway station on 13 December to welcome the train
From left to right: Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director-General and Mikhaïl Akulov, Vice-President of RZD