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Hello “Moscow-Sukhum”!2011-05-17 13:43
- Within several last weeks, hundreds of people dressed in orange overalls have been laying railway bed in Abkhazia day and night. If it were not for the bright-green mountains and blue sea, the scene would much resemble Baikal-Amur Mainline. 80% of works has already been completed and trains will start running here in another three weeks. Abkhazia and Russian Railways' joint project will allow tourists to get to the Black Sea beaches non-stop.
Three couples of Sukhum-Adler electric trains a day and a Sukhum-Moscow passenger train will start running regularly along this route in June. This wouldn't be great news for a resident of some metropolis with a dozen of railway junctions but for the citizens of a 250-thousand-people country and tourists who decided to spend holidays in Abkhazia it is another stride forward on the way to civilization: they no longer have to spend hours in queues at the checkpoint in summer heat.
In fact, tourists will be the first to appraise the new way of getting to resorts. Railway reconstruction will be finished in May so as to provide one more transport corridor for holiday-makers. If the railway were not put in operation a collapse at Psou border crossing would be inevitable. Another one of the two border bridges has been closed this year for repair works; it was used for passenger traffic and now only one is available: it's a highway bridge that would not bear the load alone, notwithstanding the traffic optimization.
Now three couples of electric trains will carry those passengers who otherwise would have to stand in queues for hours in the merciless summer sun. The Moscow-Sukhum passenger train will now become a full-scale one. Earlier, there were just several trail cars in the Adler-Moscow train and now those who are lucky to buy tickets will have a chance to go to Abkhazia non-stop, with no change in Sochi.
It took just one and a half months of works not to repair the railroad but to build it anew. The works were performed by Russian Railway specialists at an accelerated pace. It was not enough to replace the ties along most of the way, so the specialists had to lay a new track. They fixed the new contact line and replaced most of the pylons. They rearranged the track facilities and erected new lights. It was done with a reason: now the average speed at the Psou-Sukhum section can be raised up to the standard figure of 60-80 km per hour, while earlier, trains moved at a speed of no more than 40 km.