High-speed train to Petropavlovsk
July 03. Kazpravda
By Marina Mikhailova, Valery Mertsalov
A new Almaty – Petropavlovsk high-speed train “Zhetisu” started running.
On July 1, a subsidiary of “Kazakhstan Temir Joly” – “Passenger transportations” launched a new high-speed train number 151/152 from Almaty to Petropavlovsk. The train “Zhetisu” runs 1 834 km during 18 hours. Another positive factor is a direct transportation of passengers traveling from Almaty to Kokshetau and Borovoye resort zones; previously, they had to change trains in Astana.
The train has 15 comfortable “Talgo” carriages of “Tourist” class (four-passenger), a restaurant and a bar-car. Comfortable “Talgo” coaches have a lightweight design and are manufactured on the latest technologies, specially for Kazakhstan climate.
In addition, they are heated by electricity from a power station-wagon, which significantly reduces emissions, equipped with a special vacuum cleaning system, accumulating wastes, air-conditioning and security control.
According to Kuttybek Sharhatbayev, regional director of JSC “Passenger transportations”, these new high-speed coaches have been constructed at joint Kazakh-Spanish company “Tulpar-Talgo” in Astana and purchased in the frames of a renovation program and improvement of a rolling stock of the JSC “Passenger transportation”.
Under this program it is planned to purchase 420 coaches by 2014, – said K. Sharhatbaev.
High-speed train “Zhetisu” will go every second day and starting from summer 2013 it will run daily; the number of coaches will increase up to 35.
In the frames of the Program for development of RK transport infrastructure for 2010-2014 JSC “Passenger transportation” plans to introduce another high-speed route Aktobe – Astana by the end of 2012 and before 2015 another six new high-speed routes, including Astana – Atyrau, Almaty – Atyrau, Astana – Kyzylorda, Almaty – Aktobe will be launched.
In Petropavlovsk “Zhetisu” train was welcomed by a delegation, headed by North Kazakhstan oblast governor Serik Bilyalov. The event, taking place on the eve of Astana and Petropavlovsk Days symbolized development of the young independent state. Pensioner Zinaida Yang, businessman Vitaly Perezhigin and many other passengers of the high-speed Almaty-Petropavlovsk train said they enjoyed the trip. It is expected the number of passengers on 15 and 16 routes will reduce significantly.