Unique 19th century retro train at EXPO 1520
The Ь series unique retro train can be seen for the first time in the EXPO 1520 Railway Fair’s show programme from August 30 to September 2. The locomotive steam train was thoroughly repaired using original manufacturer’s technologies and was painted the way it was done in the 19th century specially for the Sixth International Fair in Shcherbinka.
Restoring the Ь-2012 train to its operational condition is a great achievement in the history of Russian Railways and the retro-movement. This can be attributed to the work of Roslavl veterans who preserved for us this unique vehicle.
Ь is not a complete replica of the original train, but it has flat slide valves, a single-disk piston, a throttle, original rods, a frame and a boiler. The locomotive was built at the Kolomna plant in 1897, ran at the Vladikavkaz railroad, was evacuated to the Roslavl depot during the war, where it remained in active operation till the late 1970s, and later on was installed on a pedestal there.
The 6th International Fair of the Railway Equipment and Technologies will be held at the VNIIZhT Experimental Ring in Sherbinka, Moscow, on 30 August - 2 September 2017.
EXPO 1520 is Europe’s unique and only fair of railway equipment and technology for the “wide” gauge space. The exhibition showcases the latest rolling stock, railway machinery, components and equipment manufactured in Russia, the CIS and the EU. The 2013 exhibition made it into the Guinness Book of Records in terms of the number of real-life railway equipment exhibits (127) put on display in Eastern Europe.
The fair’s highlight is a dynamic demonstration of the full range of operating characteristics of Russian and foreign-made locomotives and rolling stock. The venue is outfitted with special grandstands for convenient viewing of equipment in motion.
The fair’s audience consists of executives and specialists of Russian and international manufacturers and operators of railway equipment from both “narrow” and “wide” gauge countries.