The operation of high-speed trains in Russia is open to question
The German concern Siemens has announced that it is curtailing its activities in Russia. The company leaves the joint venture in the Russian Federation, including in the production of rolling stock.
Also from May 13, service contracts between Siemens and Russian Railways, in particular, for the maintenance of Sapsan high-speed trains, are terminated, reports Railway Supply magazine with reference to the CFTS.
According to Russian experts, even if the service is set up by Russian structures, the provision of trains with components will be a serious problem and, most likely, will be solved by disassembling part of the fleet for spare parts, as is already happening with aircraft.
Now Russian Railways operates 16 Sapsan. Kirill Yankov, head of the Passenger Union, believes that Sapsan service maintenance can theoretically be carried out by Russian enterprises, but there will be a big problem with spare parts. Therefore, in his opinion, the number of “Sapsan” in operation will be reduced with the rearrangement of spare parts from old to new trains.
Also, Siemens, through a joint venture with Sinara – Transport Machines, produced Lastochka electric trains in the Russian Federation. There are now about 260 units. This is a more localized product and therefore there should be fewer problems with servicing such trains.
However, some components for these trains, in particular, control systems and traction systems, were supplied from Germany.
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