In 1958 Russia was the world-first nation by the length of electric railways. The year 1965 brought the fastest growth - in that year 2,268 kilometers of railways were electrified, with electrically powered trains accounting for 45% of total railway cargo traffic.
According to the press service of the Moscow Railway, from 1956 till 1991 the USSR electrified 54,300 kilometers of railways.
Nowadays Russian Railways is a company operating the largest network of electrified railways across the globe - 42,000 kilometers. On the basis of its extensive expertise on electrically powered railway cargo operations, Russian Railways plans to have up to 2,000 kilometers of railways electrified until 2010 to bring the whole electrified railway network to a total length of 44,500 kilometers, with up to 84% of operations carried out on electricity.