An Icon of the Russian Rails
The Red Arrow train first chugged along the historic railway line between the two capitals of Russia in 1931, and has since only failed to operate daily along this prestigious route during the 1941-1943 Nazi Siege of Leningrad. There are plenty of trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg, but Red Arrow is the pride of the Russian Railroad with interiors that feel as if they come from a movie set, and an exterior in such bright red that it’s really difficult to mistake, no matter if lit from the platform lights of the Moskovskaya Station in St. Petersburg, or the Leningradskaya Station in Moscow.
"It is an amazing train all red of course, with real bedrooms in first class"
Jean Michel Jarre, famous French composer,
The history that emanates from the very walls of the carriages on the Red Arrow makes this a very popular train. Even the haunting strains of the “Hymn to the Great City” that waft from the loudspeakers of St. Petersburg’s Moskovskaya Station when this train departs (which have so wafted since 1965) imbues a sense of awe in those who fell defending not only Russia but even the fate of the Free World itself from Nazi tyranny, and a strong sense of pride in its Russian passengers. As a result of its increasing popularity among trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg, the Red Arrow has spawned other luxury-oriented night trains, including the Express (originally designated as “Red Arrow 2”) that leaves four minutes after the original night train, and the Megapolis. Of course, none of these are as yet equal to the experience of overnighting on the Red Arrow train.
Today’s journey by luxury trains between St. Petersburg and Moscow meets the demands of most luxury rail travelers, particularly those who seek out special and unique train travel experiences from around the world. Even with all its retro charm, though, this one-of-a-kind luxury Russian train is as up-to-date and modern as any sleeper carriage found in just about any country. Passengers with Red Arrow train ticket enjoy amenities and necessities required for any traveler to be truly comfortable while gliding through the night between Russia’s historical capital cities on an overnight train from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Of course, the luxury is a secondary feature for the Red Arrow, as there are other luxurious trains between St. Petersburg and Moscow (like Grand Express). The main reason that travelers ride this train is because of its honored history. This is not a trivial point. When this historic train from St. Petersburg to Moscow achieved the 75th anniversary of its original run, Moscow unleashed a commemorative subway train named “Red Arrow - 75 Years.” Its vibrant red carriages almost glow against the greenery of the countryside, and is as much a part of Russian culture as borsch!
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