Amsterdam  17 September, 2018 – At this year’s InnoTrans rail fair in Berlin, Voyages SNCF, RZD and MRCE will confirm an agreement to improve the Paris-Moscow Night Express. Paris-Moscow Express service is provided by RZD in cooperation with their partner Voyages SNCF in France and with support from DB Fernverkehr and PKP Intercity for the sections in Germany and Poland.

The train departs every Tuesday evening from Moscow station, travelling to Paris Est station via Minsk, Warsaw, Berlin and Strasbourg. For service in the opposite direction, a train leaves Paris for Moscow every Thursday evening.  The journey takes around 38 hours, covers about 3,200 km and carries passengers through five countries.

Starting from December 2018, Voyages SNCF will extend its responsibility on the segment from Paris to Offenburg in Germany, in both directions.

  • Voyages SNCF has selected MRCE as preferred supplier for traction provision on this section of the route. MRCE will provide three locomotives equipped for operation in France and Germany. The locomotives have a 15/25kV traction system and are fitted with both the French safety system KVB/ATESS and the German national safety system LZB.
  • This new approach to Paris-Moscow Express service is scheduled to start with the departure of train from Moscow on 11 December 2018. To celebrate, a signing ceremony will take place at InnoTrans on Wednesday, 19 September, at the MRCE booth at the City Cube A, stand 410.

About Voyages SNCF:

Voyages SNCF operates long-distance rail services for SNCF Mobilités, serving travellers from every walk of life. It is the gold standard for high-speed rail in Europe. TGV is Voyages SNCF’s premium service, and is rounded out by low-cost offerings from Ouigo. To give all travellers the experience they want and deliver door-to-door mobility, Voyages SNCF has also developed a range of other travel options. These include Ouibus coaches serving major French and European towns and cities, and iDVROOM and iDCAB, offering passengers car-sharing, taxis and chauffeured cars to begin or end their rail journey. Using international rail services available through Eurostar, Thalys, TGV Lyria, TGV France-Italie, and services jointly operated DB-SNCF and Renfe-SNCF, passengers can now reach destinations across Europe. Voyages SNCF operates 440 high-speed trainsets, the largest fleet in Europe. Every day more than 700 TGVs serve 230 stations across France, travelling on nearly 10,000 km of line, including 2,000 km of dedicated high-speed track. In 2017, Voyages SNCF carried more than 133 million travellers in Europe, and since 1981 over 2 billion passengers have travelled by TGV. TGV is a registered mark of SNCF Mobilités.

About RZD:

Russian Railways is part of the global top three railway companies. The company’s facts :

huge volumes of freight and passenger transport; high financial ratings; qualified specialists in all areas of rail transport; big scientific and technical base; design and construction of power; significant experience in international cooperation. Railway complex is of particular strategic importance for Russia. This is the link of a single economic system provides stable operation of industrial enterprises, the timely supply of essential goods to the most remote corners of the country and is the most affordable transport for millions of citizens.

About MRCE:

Mitsui Rail Capital Europe operates the largest fleet of modern, cross-border-capable locomotives in Europe. The fleet consists of around 300 locomotives. The full-service locomotive leasing company combines leasing and maintenance management of locomotives. MRCE is a European subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Ltd. MRCE has strategically divided its headquarters in Amsterdam and Munich: Amsterdam is responsible for operations leasing, procurement, financing and the sale of locomotives, while Munich handles the technical support and maintenance of the locomotive fleet.