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Lastochka to connect Minsk and Moscow

09 Ноября’20
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High-speed trains Lastochka may be deployed on the Moscow - Minsk route after the coronavirus restrictions on passenger rail service are lifted, Russian Railways said on its website as it unveiled the new schedule, BelTA has learned.

“We have reached an agreement with Belarusian Railways to deploy two pairs of new high-speed five-car electric trains Lastochka on the Moscow - Minsk route," the statement said. “Lastochka will be launched as soon as the international passenger service is resumed between the two countries.”

Russian Railways noted that international passenger traffic will resume once the countries open borders for direct and transit services.

Lastochka is a family of passenger electric trains based on the Siemens Desiro design operated by Russian Railways. There are 443 seats in a five-car train. Lastochka reaches speeds up to 160 km/h.

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