[EU / InnoTrans] MRCE to provide 3 Bombardier locomotives to SNCF for Paris-Moscow Express

At this year’s InnoTrans rail fair in Berlin, Voyages SNCF, RZD and MRCE will confirm an agreement to improve the Paris-Moscow Night Express. The Paris-Moscow Express service is provided by RZD in cooperation with their partner Voyages SNCF in France and with support from DB Fernverkehr and PKP Intercity for the sections in Germany and Poland.

The train departs every Tuesday evening from Moscow station, travelling to Paris Est station via Minsk, Warsaw, Berlin and Strasbourg. For service in the opposite direction, a train leaves Paris for Moscow every Thursday evening. The journey takes around 38 hours, covers about 3,200 km and carries passengers through five countries.

Starting from December 2018, Voyages SNCF will extend its responsibility on the segment from Paris to Offenburg in Germany, in both directions.

Voyages SNCF has selected MRCE as preferred supplier for traction provision on this section of the route. MRCE will provide three locomotives equipped for operation in France and Germany. The locomotives have a 15/25kV traction system and are fitted with both the French safety system KVB/ATESS and the German national safety system LZB.

This new approach to Paris-Moscow Express service is scheduled to start with the departure of train from Moscow on 11 December 2018.

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