Rail, Metro and Tram Networks in Russia - 2012


Russia’s national railway network – at more than 85,000 route-km the second most extensive in the world – continues to undergo fundamental change as it adapts to the country’s growing economic needs. Structural reform, modernisation, an expansion of services and construction of new lines are all playing a role in the development of the system to meet increasing capacity demands.
This report brings together a wide range of information to provide an up-to-the-minute overview of the current structure of Russia’s railway network and its principal operator Russian Railways (RZD), including its 16 operating divisions. It also provides an outline of the increasingly competitive and vitally important railfreight sector, where the private sector is playing an increasingly significant role.
Additionally covered in summary form are current major infrastructure projects, principal rolling stock suppliers in Russia, and the most important rail vehicle development programmes – including details of significant international collaborations.
Later sections of the report cover metro and tram systems in Russia, detailing network and fleet characteristics and summarising development plans, plus information on leading vehicle suppliers in these two sectors.
Contact details and website addresses are included for most undertakings and projects to assist further research. The report also includes valuable background insights to assist understanding of the present situation.