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Sunday, 3 December, 2000, 17:34 GMT
Forget the night train...
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A high-speed train link has been launched on one of Russia's busiest railway lines, cutting the journey time between Moscow and St Petersburg by almost half.

With two services a day, passengers will no longer have to face an eight-hour slog, traditionally best endured with vodka on a night train.

And, according to Russian TV channels, within two years the trip will be pared down to a mere two hours.

ER 200 locomotive
The new ER 200 can reach 200 km/h

Railway carriage
The train is equipped to carry 400 passengers

Train conductor
At about $7, the fare's not extortionate

Carriage attendant
New train, old-style Russian hospitality

St Petersburg passengers
Red carpet treatment for the maiden voyage to Moscow

Train departure
Japanese rails smooth the way for the new express

Sokol in workshop
The 350km/h Sokol (Falcon) will enter service in 2002

St Petersburg
Russia's neglected second city can only gain from the new link

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