Sverdlovsk government officials recently said the children’s railway of Yekaterinburg should be fully reconstructed by the end of the year.
The project will reconstruct track facilities, remote controls, building depots, automation, communication and other features. A new railway station will include training facilities to teach students who want to pursue rail careers.
The train has operated regularly during summer months, transporting over 700 students and 500 children. The reconstruction will enable the train to operate 12 months a year.
Reconstruction of the children’s railway was originally scheduled for 2007-2010, but the economic crisis stopped the funding. The railway was originally built in 1960.
Sverdlovsk Railway Chief Engineer Igor Naboichenko said that in late 2014 the Ministry of Construction and the railway hired contractors. There were several delays. But in November 2014, the Yekaterinburg administration permitted the site to be cleared.
Naboichenko said letters have been sent to Moscow to request that funds from 2014 be allowed to continue reconstruction in 2015. He reported that hard work will enable the railway to complete its new facilities by the end of 2015.
Minister of Construction and Infrastructure Development Region Victor Kiselev said that the government has laid aside more than $2 million U.S. for the project. The project has cost more than $11 million so far.
Officials plan to revisit the topic at the next meeting March 20-30.