Russian Railways and Vossloh have agreed to co-operate in the development of track components for high-speed rail lines and localised production.
The companies have been testing a turnout designed for 27t axleloads and an expected life of 500 million tonnes (Mt), which is claimed to be 1.5 times more than its Russian equivalents.
Under the Memorandum of Cooperation, the companies will collaborate on developing new rail fastening elements and high-speed line components, as per Russian standards and requirements.
The parties will also evaluate the prospects for milling and grinding using a high-speed rail grinding train, and localising the production of turnout components in Russia.
For the project, Germany-based Vossloh will consider setting-up a production base in Russia.
Russian Railways senior vice-president Valentin Gapanovich said: "We are already connected with Vossloh by the installation of the first turnout for heavy traffic in Russia, at the Orekhovo-Zuyevo station on the Moscow railway.
"The experience of Vossloh in the European market, including in the field of high-speed traffic, will enable us to make a technological foundation for a HSR project in Russia."
Russian Railways is the second-largest network in the world with 85,200km of track. It carries more than 0.95 billion passengers and 1.2 billion tonnes of freight a year across 11 time zones.