Siemens recently sent the first of 38 Desiro RUS regional multiple-unit trains to Russian Railways.
At the Sassnitz ferry port on the German Island of Ruegen, the first Desiro began its journey.
The ‘Petersburg’ railway ferry is shipping the five-unit train via the Baltic Sea to the seaport of Ust-Luga in Russia.
From Ust-Luga, it will then continue its journey by rail to a Russian Railways depot in the Saint Petersburg area.
The entire transport route from the Siemens factory in Krefeld to Saint Petersburg is around 2,700 kilometers long and will take about four weeks.
The passenger service of the first Desiro RUS trains will start in Kazan and Sochi in 2013.
During the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in February 2014 the trains will transport the athletes and spectators to the various sporting venues in the mountain area.