Almost 3000 Passengers Have Traveled on the International Strizh Train Moscow-Berlin
In its first month, train no. 13/14 Strizh Moscow-Berlin transported more than 2800 passengers. Sixty-seven percent of them traveled from Russia to Germany.
Since starting on December 17, 2016, Strizh runs twice a week, on Saturdays and Sundays from Moscow and on Sundays and Mondays from Berlin.
Strizh is the first Russian train equipped with wheel pairs that automatically change their width. This new technology will reduce the time it takes to switch between Russian (1520 mm) and European (1435 mm) standard gauge at the station in Brest (Belarus). Thus, it takes twenty hours and fourteen minutes to get from Moscow to Berlin by train. There are stops at Smolensk, Orsha, Minsk, Brest, Terespol, Warsaw, Poznan, Rzepin, and Frankfurt an der Oder.
Each train has twenty cars of various classes produced by Patentes Talgo S.L. (Spain). The technologically innovative design of the train made it possible to increase comfort during travel, in particular, by reducing the impact of the centrifugal force on passengers when going through curves with a small radius.
Strizh passengers are provided with Wi-Fi access to a multimedia portal with Internet access. The portal can be used to view the train schedule, dining-car menu, and news for passengers; obtain information about the route; buy a ticket on the train; and watch movies. In addition, passengers with 1st-class seats upon request are issued tablets to view multimedia content.