First Deputy of Russian Railways” Managing Director Alexander Misharin has taken part in a meeting between Yevgeny Dietrich, the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, and Akob Arshakyan, the Acting Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Armenia.
The participants in the meeting discussed issues related to the activities of South Caucasus Railways (SCR), a subsidiary of Russian Railways that has been managing Armenian Railways since 2008, as well as SCR’s future plans.
Akob Arshakyan noted that SCR’s activities and the Company’s investments in development are primarily aimed at supporting the Armenian economy. The Russian side has invested heavily in the development of the Republic of Armenia’s railway infrastructure.
The measures to develop passenger traffic were positively noted, in particular, the acquisition of two modern EP2D electric trains in 2018, one of which has been in service between Yerevan-Gyumri-Yerevan since summer this year. The second will enter service on the same route in the first quarter of 2019.
Meanwhile, Russian Railways and the National Railway Museum in the City of York in the United Kingdom have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of cultural and scientific activities. The agreement was concluded at the VII St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum in Russia.
The Russian State Secretary and Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways Anatoly Mescheryakov and Museum Director Judith McNichol put their signatures to the document.
The agreement provides for joint work on exhibitions and expositions, academic cooperation, and events to promote the development of culture, art and science.
“We will organise a working group that will discuss all aspects of cooperation in the near future and which will allow us to cooperate even more effectively,” said Anatoly Mescheryakov.
During their visit to the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, the British delegation also held a working meeting between Russian Railways and the Science Museum Group of Great Britain, which includes the National Railway Museum in York.
The meeting was aimed at developing international partnership in the field of museum activities. Under discussion were the exchange of museum exhibits and multimedia exhibits on the history of railways, the implementation of joint multimedia projects and the use of augmented reality technologies at exhibitions.
The Director of the National Railway Museum of the City of York, Judith McNichol, highlighted the particular prospects of cooperation with Russian Railways, including with regard to the provision of vocational guidance to the younger generation.
The parties plan to develop cooperation in the field of personnel by organising programmes for the exchange of experience and advanced training.