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Retro Trains in Russia, 2009
For a 2013 Moscow area Retro train ride see Moscow Retro Steam Trip to the Space Village / Star City.
A number of other Retro-Trains operate in Russia:
On Thursday November 5th, 2009 (a rainy/snowy day), I rode the steam-hauled Retro-Train between Rostov and Taganrog (60 km), consisting of L-5282 and a single coach. The Rostov Retro-trains are being run by Delta Copy Co. (http://www.retro-skzd.ru/), formed in 2002, in joint-venture with RZD, using steam locos owned by the Museum of the North Caucasian Railway. The locos are based and serviced at Bataysk-South Diesel Depot, which is located just south of Rostov across the river Don. Heavy overhauls are being undertaken at Tikhoretsk, the location of the North Caucasian Railway’s main workshops. Thanks to Tikhoretsk’s experience in working on steam locomotives, it has recently been selected to also restore locos from the Moscow railway museum.
Currently two steam train excursions are being offered out of Rostov. These run from March to early June, and again from September to December. During the high summer months the trains do not run as there is not enough demand (everybody is at the beach):
Rostov-suburban 10.40 – Gnilovskaya 11.02/12.28 (visit to the railway museum) – Rostov-suburban 13.20, operating from Thursdays to Sundays. Operations started in
Trains consist of one or two green coaches. Locomotives in use are:
0-10-0 ER-797-15 (MAVAG 1952, ex Chir reserve), in use 2007-09, sent to Tikhoretsk for overhaul in
Plans are underway to start a new steam-hauled overnight weekend service to Mineralnye Vody, leaving Rostov Friday nights and returning Sunday evenings. For this, 2-10-2 LV-0233 (Lugansk 1956) has been acquired from Urdoma reserve (north of Kirov) and is currently under restoration to working order at Tikhoretsk.
Other steam locos stored/awaiting restoration at Tikhoretsk include:
0-10-0 ER-769-17 (MAVAG 1950, ex Chir reserve), dismantled inside the workshops since 2006;
EG-4504 is plinthed in front of Taganrog-II station.
The Taganrog trams are very colorful (aside from being very derelict), I did not see two cars in the same livery.