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    CONTAINER TRANSFERS FROM PACIFIC COAST TO MOSCOW ALONG TRANSSIBERIAN MAINLINE TO BECOME REGULAR

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 19, 2004. /RIA NOVOSTI/ -- The container train Nakhodka-Vostochnaya /sea port on Sea of Japan's west coast 100 kilometers east of Vladivostok/ - Moscow was put into service in the end of last week, the Russia Railways /RJD/ public relations board said on Monday.

    In the end of 2003, a high-speed container train from Nakhodka to a station in the Moscow railway net was sent on an experimental run. Analysis of the traffic schedule cut the time of cargo delivery to ten days. A permanent service of such trains has been arranged.

    "Unlike usual trains, high-speed container trains cover at least 900 kilometers in one day, cutting almost three times the rate of delivery to destination. The trains have a guaranteed schedule, ensuring travel control in real time. En route delays are ruled out", said the RJD.

    The first high-speed container train on the Transsiberian Mainline was started along the route Nakhodka-Vostochnaya-Brest /on the Polish-Belarussian border/ in 1998. Today, the high-speed delivery of containers in Russia is arranged on 13 routes. According to the preliminary estimate of specialists, the total volume of container transfers in 2003 was 1.7 million containers, 650,000 of them heavy.

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