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Sakhalin is on a new track
In Sakhalin, they completely switched to the Russian standard of railway gauge. The rearrangement of the Japanese narrow gauge railway with a width of 1 067 mm to the all-Russian standard - 1 520 mm - began in the 2003 year.
According to the press service of the regional government, 670 km of the Sakhalin railway were transferred to a broad gauge, 120 km of new tracks were laid, and 240 turnouts appeared. From September 1 of this year, suburban routes in the south of the island will follow the new rut: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Korsakov, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Tomari, Tomari - Kholmsk, Kholmsk - Nikolaychuk.
Especially for Sakhalin, they were made from three RA-3 shuttle buses. They will be able to carry up to 230 passengers. New trains reach speeds of up to 120 km / h. Almost spent on their acquisition 800 million rubles. Next year, it is planned to purchase four more rail buses and 18 passenger cars of the new series for trains that run from south to north of the island.