In the first month since it was launched on 17 December 2016, train No. 13/14 Swift Moscow – Berlin carried more than 2,800 passengers, with 67% travelling the full route from Russia to Germany.
The Swift service runs twice a week, departing from Moscow on Saturdays and Sundays and from Berlin on Sundays and Mondays.
The Strizh train is the first Russian passenger train consisting of carriages equipped with a system for automatically changing the width of the wheel sets from the Russian broad gauge rail track of 1520 mm to the narrow gauge European system, which has a width of 1435 mm.
This technology reduces the time formerly spent on actually replacing the wheel sets at Brest in Belarus and has thus cut the travel time from Moscow to Berlin train by nearly 5 hours to just 20 hours 14 minutes.
The trains stops at Smolensk, Orsha, Minsk, Brest, Terespol, Warsaw, Poznan, Rzepin and Frankfurt an der Oder.
Each train consists of 20 carriages of various classes manufactured by the Spanish company Patentes Talgo S.L.
The train’s design incorporates technological innovations to increase passenger comfort during the journey, in particular tilting carriages to reduce the impact of the centrifugal force acting on the train’s passengers when taking tight corners.
Strizh passengers also have Wi-Fi-access to a multimedia portal with Internet access. They can use the portal to view the timetable, the dining car menu, passengers news, obtain information about the route and buy a ticket on the train, as well as watch films.
In addition, passengers in carriages with 1st class berths can be issued tablets to view multimedia content on request.