Electric Passenger Trains Launched from Astana to Karaganda, Kokshetau

ASTANA – Two new electric passenger trains servicing Karaganda, Kokshetau and the Kazakh capital were recently launched into service in dedication of the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence.

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The trains meet international and Customs Union standards and include the latest technology, such as a passive safety system, video surveillance systems and an information and entertainment website using Wi-Fi technology. Passengers can also watch movies and play video games as well as access information about their trips in Kazakh, Russian and English.

The train to Karaganda departs from Astana at 2:55 p.m. and stops in Vishnevka, Osakarovka and Karaganda sorting depot. The train to Kokshetau departs from Astana at 3 p.m., stopping in Akkol, Makinka and the Borovoye resort. Сost of travel ranges from 1,300 tenge (US$4) to 1,500 tenge (US$5).

The trains are equipped with lifts to board passengers with disabilities as well as designated toilets, doors and chairs for them.

A representative of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy reported that the company plans to launch two more electrical trains in the near future.

Railway transport is a crucial part of the production infrastructure of the state. Kazakhstan’s geographic conditions include a lack of direct sea access and vastness of territory, which makes the role of railway transport important. As of today, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy is a backbone infrastructure company, providing cargo transport necessary to grow the Kazakh economy. The company employs more than 140,000 people.