Each coach was delivered by lorry from Talgo's Las Matas plant near Madrid to the company's Warschauer Strasse depot in Berlin, where the train was marshalled.

RZD has ordered seven Talgo sets. Three of these trains will be equipped with variable-gauge 1435mm and 1520mm-gauge wheelsets for use on services from Russia to Europe, while the remaining four trains will be fitted with fixed 1520mm-gauge wheelsets.

The variable-gauge trains will be introduced on overnight services between Moscow and Berlin next year.

The 1520mm-gauge sets were due to enter service in October between Moscow and Kiev, but this has been cancelled due to political tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

RZD announced earlier this year these trains will instead replace Siemens Sapsan high-speed trains on the Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod route from 2015. The first of the 1520mm-gauge trains was delivered direct to Russia earlier this year and is now undergoing trials.