New daily Astana - Almaty - Urumchi train from 2017

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New daily Astana - Almaty - Urumchi train from 2017

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According to
http://cfts.org.ua/news/v_2017_godu_kaz ... tay_31547/
a daily train Astana - Almaty - Urumchi will be introduced in 2017.

This will be operated by new Talgo-trainsets and it can expected that journey times will be reduced significantly compared to the tordinary trains running now (2x weekly Almaty - Urumchi, 1x weekly Astana - Urumchi).
Talgo-trains have a special technology (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwNl-g_91GE) which allows changing the gauge of the wheels quickly. Ordinary trains have to get their boogies exchanged at the border station Dostyk (as Kazakhstan has as all CIS countries - 1520mm distance between the rails and China has 1435mm difference - like in Europe or Northern America), which takes a lot of time.

Talgo-train of Kazakh Railways on a test-run with 200 km/h: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiAciwyqdGo

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Re: New daily Astana - Almaty - Urumchi train from 2017

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Thanks Provodnik! I updated it in the train article: http://caravanistan.com/transport/train/kazakhstan/

Should start running from June 2017.
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Does anyone have any updated info on this train? One might assume that the "old" train may suffer from schedule reductions or elimination once the new one is in service. I am planning to travel in the area in late August 2017. I am aware that Kazakhstan is a place where things do not necessarily occur on the same timeline the government claims they are happening, so I wanted to inquire.
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eigenvector wrote: I am aware that Kazakhstan is a place where things do not necessarily occur on the same timeline the government claims they are happening, so I wanted to inquire.
The problem is that you usually only find out either a day beforehand, or a few days later, if and when things start. So, to answer your question, I have no further updates yet. I was gonna have a look in July.
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Thanks Steven. I will treat the new train as existing on paper only until proven otherwise. :D
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That is always my attitude. News that hasn't happened yet is the most common form of news emanating from the government in Central Asia :-)
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