A Sub-Arctic Maglev in Russia?
February 1, 2014 • 11:17AM

The Jan. 20 issue of Railway Bulletin has an item saying that "the Russian government is considering building a railway network, based on maglev technologies in the northern parts of the country, as a result of numerous researches, conducted by Russian scientists."

"According to Anatoly Kisselenko, a senior researcher of the Institute for Socio-Economic and Energy Problems in North Komi, building of railways on the basis of maglev technologies, amid the harsh climatic conditions of Russia's North would be very reasonable and will be associated with significant benefits." Also other scientists, the article reports, think with the geographical/climatic characteristics of the Russian North, "maglev train may be more effective in comparison with other modes of transport," which is particularly the case with long distances of 850-1,000 kilometers (500-621 miles).

Also on Jan. 20, Railway Bulletin reported on Russian government plans to invest up to 19 billion rubles ($593 million) for the modernization of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian railway during 2014, increasing capacity and traffic. But this is only part of the entire modernization program, which involves an investment of more than 562.2 billion rubles by 2018. Of this, 302 billion rubles will be allocated from the state railway itself, the remaining 260.2 billion rubles being provided by the state, including 50 billion rubles on a returnable basis from the Russian National Welfare Fund.

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