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Last week, preparatory work began for the first stage of reconstruction of the Belomorsk station (Oktyabrskaya road) – the northernmost sorting station of the network. The specialists started cutting the roadbed to further lengthen the tracks of the station’s transit park. Renovation of the Belomorsk station will allow to increase the number of transported goods, including for further shipment for export through the Murmansk commercial sea port.

Belomorsk is a large junction that serves three directions – to Murmansk, Volkhovstroy and the Northern highway. The station’s development program aims to almost double its processing capacity by 2025 – from 1,300 to 2,500 wagons per day.

32 pairs of freight trains pass through Belomorsk per day to the north, 17 pairs to the south and 25 pairs to the east. The station’s transit park consists of four tracks and one receiving and sending track. At the first stage, it is necessary to lengthen the tracks of the transit park – partly up to 1080 m, partly up to 1500 m to form trains of increased length and weight.

Now the station processes 1,300 wagons per day, about 400 more wagons (about six trains) have to be sent for recycling, since there is not enough track length, which can accommodate 45–49 conventional wagons. “Instead of 22 trains, we are dismantling 16, losing about six trains in dismantling,” explained Yuri Dorofeevsky, deputy head of the Belomorsk station for operational work.

As a result of the reconstruction, the tracks will be able to receive trains with a length of 57 conventional wagons.

The station also has six receiving and dispatching tracks and 14 sorting and dispatching tracks. Reconstruction of the station includes the construction of a new receiving and dispatch yard and mechanization of the hump.

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