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Russia’s first Wedding Train arrives to Velikiy Novgorod from Moscow

December 24, 2013, 17:00 updated at: December 24, 2013, 17:31 UTC+3

Russian Railways offers new service to newlyweds

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MOSCOW, December 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The unique Wedding Train had embarked on its first journey last Thursday night from the Leningrad train terminal in Moscow. On board were 16 lucky young couples, who work on railways across the country.

The train, consisting of suite-class train car, arrived to Velikiy Novgorod, where newlywed couples were taken on a sightseeing and entertainment trip.

Russian Railways highlighted that this is not a one-time thing, as the new service is now available for all newlyweds. “The train may carry any number of cars, it depends on the number of invitees,” a representative of the company said.

It can be combined out of either deluxe cars, equipped with double beds and personal showers in each cabin, or regular sleeping cars, company representative said, adding that “It’s possible to include a Church car, where newlyweds can be ceremonially web.”

The spokesperson said that the service is available to everyone, it’s categorized as a travel package and doesn’t have any geographic limitations – in other words, the Wedding Train can travel either across Russia or abroad.

The first Wedding Train was sent off officially by Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways. When talking with journalists, Yakunin admitted that he met his wife on a train. “I’ve proposed to her on a commuter train,” he said. “We were so scared at the time that we haven’t brought it up for about two months afterwards.” Head of Russian Railways sees it as fateful. “It was all determined back then; now I understand why I came to work for railways – everything’s connected with trains,” he concluded. 

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