While Ukrainian-government appointees promise to get rid of all red-eye train transits around the Europe’s vastest 603,000 sq. km country by the beginning of EURO-2012, Uzbekistan’s state-owned railway has finished construction on tracks to be used by high-speed trains, as reported by the Central Asia Newswire.
The lines are part of the Tashkent-Samarkand railway, which runs from the eastern Uzbek capital to the central cultural hub. The high-speed train will significantly cut the travel time between Uzbekistan’s two main cities. Uzbekistan received the first of two Spanish-constructed Talgo 250 trains late last month, which will travel on the rail at 155 miles per hour. The trains cost $54.9 million. (See Adasia: untapping media markets in Central Asia)
Currently, Uzbekistan’s railway aorta Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara is served by two express trains Registon and Sharq. It takes Registon 3 hours 30 min to get from the Uzbek capital to Samarkand, two hours longer than what you will get on board of the Talgo train.
Talgo 250 will make its first journey on August 31, one day before Uzbekistan begins celebrations of its 20th anniversary of independence.