30 January 2007

Guess the Date of this Headline

I first started doing business in Russia in 1994, I had more hair, less belly and a chin then, I can't exactly remember when the first news story appeared touting a rail link between Sheremeytevo and Moscow but it was definitely BC (before the Crisis.)  And it's back again.  I am not sure if the wolf really is coming this time or it is just a red herring designed to make us think that Sheremeytevo might at some point stop feeling like the Black Hole of Calcutta (with apologies to Calcutta.) Or any other not entirely appropriate analogy.

As I am willing to pay large sums of cash to airlines which fly out of Domodedovo in preference to sitting for hours on Leningradski Prospect, and then standing for hours* for one, or more of; entering the airport security, customs, checking-in, passport control, a toilet which is not closed for cleaning (at least 40 minutes in every hour) I don't actually care.  It was just a warm feeling of deja vu.

Rail Line Planned to Sheremetyevo:
Russian Railways will spend 2 billion rubles ($75 million) in 2007 to build a branch line to Sheremetyevo Airport.

*  Note that I did not expect to queue.  In the days when I flew in and out of Sheremeytevo regularly I used to bring my own line with me.


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Lyndon said...

That would certainly be a welcome and long-awaited addition. Even Vnukovo has a rail link now (which is not bad at all). A supposed "SVO rail link" was promoted a couple of years ago - the trains left from Savyolovsky Vokzal, and the train cars had "Sheremetyevo" stenciled on the side. We took it - I even know when, because I blogged about the anticipation - and were not too impressed.

The train actually went to Lobnya and then there was a free Aeroflot bus to the airport.

My understanding then was that they had to lay some 6km of rails to get the train terminus closer to SVO. Maybe they've done it.

30 January 2007

Guess the Date of this Headline

I first started doing business in Russia in 1994, I had more hair, less belly and a chin then, I can't exactly remember when the first news story appeared touting a rail link between Sheremeytevo and Moscow but it was definitely BC (before the Crisis.)  And it's back again.  I am not sure if the wolf really is coming this time or it is just a red herring designed to make us think that Sheremeytevo might at some point stop feeling like the Black Hole of Calcutta (with apologies to Calcutta.) Or any other not entirely appropriate analogy.

As I am willing to pay large sums of cash to airlines which fly out of Domodedovo in preference to sitting for hours on Leningradski Prospect, and then standing for hours* for one, or more of; entering the airport security, customs, checking-in, passport control, a toilet which is not closed for cleaning (at least 40 minutes in every hour) I don't actually care.  It was just a warm feeling of deja vu.

Rail Line Planned to Sheremetyevo:
Russian Railways will spend 2 billion rubles ($75 million) in 2007 to build a branch line to Sheremetyevo Airport.

*  Note that I did not expect to queue.  In the days when I flew in and out of Sheremeytevo regularly I used to bring my own line with me.


Technorati Tags: ,

1 comment:

Lyndon said...

That would certainly be a welcome and long-awaited addition. Even Vnukovo has a rail link now (which is not bad at all). A supposed "SVO rail link" was promoted a couple of years ago - the trains left from Savyolovsky Vokzal, and the train cars had "Sheremetyevo" stenciled on the side. We took it - I even know when, because I blogged about the anticipation - and were not too impressed.

The train actually went to Lobnya and then there was a free Aeroflot bus to the airport.

My understanding then was that they had to lay some 6km of rails to get the train terminus closer to SVO. Maybe they've done it.